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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Jimmy Ryan
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Kit Conger / Sue Alabama
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English Eddie Hagedorn
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Eli the Taxi Driver (as Elisha Cook)
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Crystal Ling
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Lt. O'Mara
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Detective Bradford
Michael Chow ...
Fong Wei Tau
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The Punk
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Donaldina Cameron
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Doc Fallon
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Pops
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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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Elisha Cook, who played Wilmer Cook in John Huston's 1941 film, The Maltese Falcon (1941) (which was based on Dashiell Hammett book of the same name), plays Eli the Taxi Driver in Hammett (1982). See more »

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Hammett: Don't be a simp'; you don't think they're going to let you waltz, do you?... You're going up against one hundred, two hundred, three hundred million dollars. You're going up against the powerhouse, angel - the big steam.
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Interesting, but read the book!
25 December 2003 | by (Denver) – See all my reviews

HAMMETT was one of the first books I read for pleasure back in college and I recall anxiously awaiting how it was going to be Zeotroped on screen... visually the movie reminded me of a large single set production (like 1937's DEAD END)... it's almost as if somebody like Bill Gates took a film class and decided to adapt the book as his final. Large plot chunks are missing from the book (notably a car chase and a baseball bat murder) but this movie was so unique (in those pre-Joel and Ethan Cohen days) that I remember it looking like a strange painting even after 20+ years. Forrest is a terrific under-rated actor and was a perfect choice for Dash. You won't be wasting your time checking HAMMETT out but the book has it beat. 8/10.


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