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The Maltese Falcon

Released Oct 18, 1941 1h 40m Crime Drama List
99% Tomatometer 110 Reviews 91% Audience Score 50,000+ Ratings
In this noir classic, detective Sam Spade (Humphrey Bogart) gets more than he bargained for when he takes a case brought to him by a beautiful but secretive woman (Mary Astor). As soon as Miss Wonderly shows up, trouble follows as Sam's partner is murdered and Sam is accosted by a man (Peter Lorre) demanding he locate a valuable statuette. Sam, entangled in a dangerous web of crime and intrigue, soon realizes he must find the one thing they all seem to want: the bejeweled Maltese falcon. Read More Read Less
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Suspenseful, labyrinthine, and brilliantly cast, The Maltese Falcon is one of the most influential noirs -- as well as a showcase for Humphrey Bogart at his finest.

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Patricia Ward London Evening Standard The best crook film that's ever been made. Certainly it's the best I've ever seen. Because of brilliant casting, acting and direction it does what every thriller should do: thrills you genuinely and tremendously from start to finish. Nov 16, 2022 Full Review Evelyn Russell Sight & Sound The story is strong of itself with an unusual ending and fine acting, but it is the treatment which makes it the best thriller so far this year. Nov 16, 2022 Full Review Pauline Kael New Yorker It is (and this is rare in American films) a work of entertainment that is yet so skillfully constructed that after many years and many viewings it has the same brittle explosiveness -- and even some of the same surprise -- that it had in its first run. Nov 16, 2022 Full Review Matt Brunson Film Frenzy “The stuff that dreams are made of,” comments Spade about the elusive black bird of the title, a sentiment easily applied to this indisputable masterpiece. Rated: 4/4 Apr 8, 2023 Full Review Allison Rose FlickDirect Many people feel The Maltese Falcon is when Bogart became “Bogie”. He exuded a certain calm and cool demeanor that made guys want to grab a beer with him and made women want to date him. Rated: 5/5 Apr 4, 2023 Full Review Danielle Solzman Solzy at the Movies The Maltese Falcon gives Humphrey Bogart one of his best roles while playing a pivotal role in shaping the film noir genre for years to come. Rated: 5/5 Apr 4, 2023 Full Review Read all reviews

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James B a perfect noir film a classic great detective film a must see Rated 5 out of 5 stars 06/13/24 Full Review Aender S An OK film to watch to see Humphrey Bogart playing the gritty guy again. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 04/11/24 Full Review Alec B The constant reversals and reveals continue to be compelling even after multiple viewings. And yeah Bogart is absolutely perfect. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/26/24 Full Review Narciso R I love the cast, perfect. Bogart rolling his own cigarette. NRJ. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/15/24 Full Review St R Defined many crime thrillers for decades to come. Bogart is fantastic. Lorre is at the top of his game. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 12/15/23 Full Review craig p Has to be in top 10 movies of all time. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 10/12/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis In this noir classic, detective Sam Spade (Humphrey Bogart) gets more than he bargained for when he takes a case brought to him by a beautiful but secretive woman (Mary Astor). As soon as Miss Wonderly shows up, trouble follows as Sam's partner is murdered and Sam is accosted by a man (Peter Lorre) demanding he locate a valuable statuette. Sam, entangled in a dangerous web of crime and intrigue, soon realizes he must find the one thing they all seem to want: the bejeweled Maltese falcon.
Director
John Huston
Screenwriter
Dashiell Hammett, John Huston
Distributor
Warner Bros. Pictures
Production Co
Warner Brothers, First National Pictures
Genre
Crime, Drama
Original Language
English
Release Date (Theaters)
Oct 18, 1941, Wide
Release Date (Streaming)
May 19, 2016
Runtime
1h 40m
Sound Mix
Mono
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