The Maltese Falcon

The Maltese Falcon

DVD - 2000
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After the death of his partner, San Francisco private eye Sam Spade is dragged into a quest for a priceless statuette.
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, [2000]
Edition: Standard version
ISBN: 9780790748405
0790748401
Branch Call Number: PN1995.9.D4 M253 2000
DVD MALTE
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (100 min.) : sd., b&w with col. sequences ; 4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: Becoming attractions [DVD]

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Very wooden acting and stock characterizations. There are irregularities in the plot line that would not be tolerated in a modern movie. The movie was frustratingly out of date.

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trcookIIImddmd
Jun 17, 2017

Not totally boring, but close; few old movies appeal to my sound bite sensibility--The action is just too slow. I'm looking forward to Baby Driver, Ronin being one of my favorite films.

EuSei Mar 10, 2015

Like Sam Spade, in the book the reader is left to wonder what is the big secret his client is keeping. The movie loses a lot of suspense by letting the viewer into it immediately. I don’t think Bogart was (physically) able to convey the Mephistophelian looks Hammett intended for Spade, but he did a very good job. Bogart made a more charming, not a so slimy sort of hard-boiled dick. Mary Astor most definitely conveyed the character’s psychological traits, not her beauty and youth—Miss Astor was then 35 years old, ten years too old for Hammet’s Brigid. I loved Peter Lorre as the effeminate Joel Cairo; but unfortunately Gladys George couldn’t get in the skin of the sexy Iva Archer of the book. Although a film noir, it didn’t carry to the screen the heaviness the book pages exuded. All in all, it was a very good movie, that I enjoyed more than the book--and kept quite close to the book's plot.

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akirakato
Mar 09, 2015

This is a 1941 film noir based on the novel of the same name by Dashiell Hammett.
The story follows a San Francisco private detective and his dealings with three unscrupulous adventurers, all of whom are competing to obtain a jewel-encrusted falcon statuette.
In 1539 the Knight Templars of Malta paid tribute to Charles V of Spain by sending him a Golden Falcon encrusted from beak to claw with rarest jewels.
But pirates seized the galley carrying this priceless token.
The fate of the Maltese Falcon remains a mystery to this day.
It would be much more fascinating if the director looked into this mystery.

LRS1969 Oct 02, 2014

OlivePlaid apparently has hard time realizing how special editions work... and that the movie is on the third disk!

Nor able to realize that this isn't a Complaint Section, but a book / movie review area!

In that regard, this movie is both a classic and absolutely excellent!

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OlivePlaid
Aug 09, 2014

Waste of time if you are looking for a movie since at least two of the discs in this volume are special features and not the actual movie named on the cover.

theorbys Dec 04, 2013

First and best film noir, in fact one of the best films ever made. Everything about it is letter perfect. Bogart is overpowering as Sam Spade, and Mary Astor is the very essence of a femme fatale, plus the supporting cast is flawless.

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22950006357453
Oct 23, 2013

why is it assumed that woman is going to jail for killing miles? sam spades' say so? theres no evidence against her.

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BertBailey
May 17, 2013

Everyone who likes movies should watch this a few times over their lifetime. I'll just comment about the features, which aren't real features. Other than the trailers for a few contemporary films, there's only one feature. It's a commentary overdubbed over the film as it progresses, but it's really about this and that character actor (Ward Bond, for instance) and his career and relationship to Bogart, or someone else. Nothing about the film itself. A few quaint notes here and there about a poster in the background in this particular scene that advertises a Bogie flick that was his very worst; or about how only in a single wordless scene, where his partner gets shot, does Sam Spade not appear onscreen. Etc.

btmslt May 24, 2012

A good film with a bit of a let down concerning the solution to the mystery.

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Monolith
Nov 15, 2014

Joel Cairo: "You always have a very smooth explanation..." Sam Spade: "What do you want me to do, learn to stutter?"

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Monolith
Mar 06, 2012

Detective Tom Polhaus (picks up the falcon): "Heavy. What is it?" Sam Spade: "The... stuff that dreams are made of."

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Monolith
Mar 06, 2012

Sam Spade (to Joel Cairo): "When you're slapped, you'll take it and like it."

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Monolith
Mar 06, 2012

Sam Spade (to Effie Perine): "You're a good man, sister."

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