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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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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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Lt. O'Mara
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Fong Wei Tau
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Doc Fallon
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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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Final cinema film of Elisha Cook Jr. See more »

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Hammett: I want two things. One, I want my story back, it's not much but its what I do. And two, I want to be left alone.
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Hammett (1982)
6 January 2012 | by (Portland OR) – See all my reviews

A fictionalized account of Dashiell Hammett getting involved in a scenario like something from one of his own stories. Wim Wenders constructs a neo-noir that's light on the "neo". No post-modern winks at the audience, no updating the sex and violence to the modern standards. Except for the color photography, one utterance of "shit" and slightly more sexual suggestion than you could get away with the time, it feels like something straight out of the era. The snappy dialogue, the canted angles, the rough and tumble characters, the twisty plot (more Chandler than Hammett, really, but whatever). The blatantly artificial sets are perhaps a little too self-conscious but it doesn't ever get too kitschy. Terrific score and very appropriate casting including Freddie Forrest, Peter Boyle, Marilu Henner and Elisha Cook. The biggest problem is that the film doesn't have a great storyline to hang its fedora on. It's pretty much just an exercise in pure duplication. But it's a fun time for lovers of the genre.


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