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Hammett (1982)

Fictional account of real-life mystery writer Dashiell Hammett, and his involvement in the investigation of a beautiful Chinese cabaret actress' mysterious disappearance in San Francisco.

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English Eddie Hagedorn
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Eli the Taxi Driver (as Elisha Cook)
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Lt. O'Mara
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Fong Wei Tau
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Old Man in Pool Hall
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The novel writer Dashiell Hammett is involved in the investigation of the mysterious disappearance of a beautiful Chinese cabaret actress in San Francisco. Written by Michel Rudoy <mdrc@hp9000a1.uam.mx>

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He Created 'The Maltese Falcon," "Sam Spade" and "The Thin Man". But He Didn't Write This Mystery-Thriller...He Lived It. See more »

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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17 September 1982 (USA)  »

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Investigación en el Barrio Chino  »

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Producer Francis Ford Coppola had set an ambitious slate of films to be produced under his American Zoetrope banner, and Wim Wenders was also lined up to direct the thriller " Trapdoor " with Christopher Reeve for Coppola. However the dismal failure of Coppola's " One from the Heart " at the Boxoffice lead to the picture being cancelled. See more »

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Hammett: I was sure I heard you retired.
Doc Fallon: I heard you stopped drinkin'.
Hammett: I guess we were both wrong.
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References The Maltese Falcon (1941) See more »

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It has character-a-plenty and that includes the score....

Watched Coppola/Wim Wender's "Hammett" again this past w/e- the film grows on me- has a flavour I like- the detective genre mixed with post-turn of the 20th century San Francisco- and the fact that SO MUCH is done on soundstages gives it a surreal quality. The film's production history has always been interesting (Frederick Forrest and Marilu Henner got married and divorced during it's long, tumultuous halt-run production). But, if you have never seen this or heard the John Barry score- you should. At least the score. It's to be placed in the Barry category called "unusual"- piano melodic and a lot of strained strings prevail- giving it a gin-soaked, withdrawn feel that still tugs through a foggy SF even when it's clear. A dubious above-ground underworld sucks all the characters and audience into a not-so-licentious but rather everyday (same then as today) corrupt city power structure. The film and score play off of each other, intertwining, massaging and playing out a tale of woe, misbegotten friendship and a lusty disgust for those in-power at that unique place by the bay. If ANYthing can be said of this film- it's that it has character-a-plenty and that includes the score


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