The Maltese Falcon


(out of 5)

The one and only original film noir, the film that launched a thousand imitations. Granted, some of those imitations were even improvements on the original (I like The Big Sleep better than this one), but there’s no denying that this premiere John Huston film is a classic.   plays perennial detective Sam Spade, a tough P.I. with a penchant for wisecracks, who becomes the dupe of a gang of criminals when he falls for a weepy lady () and her bogus story involving a missing sister. Nobody is who they say they are, and we’re left to find out if Spade can survive the trickery of the many deceitful people he’s thrown up against. Great characters (especially a delicious ) and colourful dialogue abound, this one is unbeatably fun.

Warner Bros.

USA, 1941

Directed by John Huston

Screenplay by John Huston, based on the novel by 

Cinematography by 

Produced by

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Academy Award Nominations
Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Sydney Greenstreet as “Kaspar Gutman”)
Outstanding Motion Picture (Warner Bros.)
Best Writing (Screenplay) (John Huston)



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