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17 September 1982 (USA) See more »
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The mystery writer who lived his own stories ! [Video] See more »
Plot:
The novel writter Dashiell Hammett is involved in the investigation of the mysterious disappearance... See more » | Add synopsis »
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2 nominations See more »
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"Shouldn't we do something legal?" See more (17 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Frederic Forrest ... Hammett

Peter Boyle ... Jimmy Ryan

Marilu Henner ... Kit Conger / Sue Alabama

Roy Kinnear ... English Eddie Hagedorn

Elisha Cook Jr. ... Eli the Taxi Driver (as Elisha Cook)
Lydia Lei ... Crystal Ling

R.G. Armstrong ... Lt. O'Mara

Richard Bradford ... Detective Bradford
Michael Chow ... Fong Wei Tau

David Patrick Kelly ... The Punk

Sylvia Sidney ... Donaldina Cameron

Jack Nance ... Gary Salt
Elmer Kline ... Doc Fallon

Royal Dano ... Pops
Samuel Fuller ... Old Man in Pool Hall
Lloyd Kino ... Barber
Fox Harris ... Frank the News Vendor
Rose Wong ... Chinese Laundress
Liz Roberson ... Lady in the Library
Jean-François Ferreol ... French Sailor (as Jean Francois Ferreol)
Alison Hong ... Young Chinese Girl
Patricia Kong ... Chinese Girl in Fong's

Lisa Lu ... Miss Cameron's Assistant
Andrew Winner ... Bank Guard
Kenji Shibuya ... Chinese Bouncer
James Quinn ... Fong's Guard
Mark Anger ... Bartender in Cookies' Bar
James Devney ... Police Projectionist

Hank Worden ... Pool Room Attendant
Christopher Day ... Neighborhood Kid
Ciceley Rush ... Neighborhood Kid
Chris Alcaide ... Man in Boardroom (as Christopher Alcaide)
Ben Breslauer ... Man in Boardroom
James Brodhead ... Man in Boardroom
John Hamilton ... Man in Boardroom
John T. Spiotta ... Man in Boardroom
Ross Thomas ... Man in Boardroom
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Directed by
Wim Wenders 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Joe Gores  novel
Dennis O'Flaherty 
Thomas Pope  adaptation
Ross Thomas 

Produced by
Ronald Colby .... producer
Francis Ford Coppola .... executive producer
Don Guest .... producer
Fred Roos .... producer
Mona Skager .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
John Barry 
 
Cinematography by
Joseph F. Biroc (director of photography) (as Joseph Biroc)
 
Film Editing by
Janice Hampton 
Marc Laub 
Robert Q. Lovett 
Randy Roberts 
 
Casting by
Janet Hirshenson 
Jane Jenkins 
Barbara Johnson 
 
Production Design by
Dean Tavoularis 
Eugene Lee (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
Leon Ericksen  (as Leon Erickson)
Angelo P. Graham  (as Angelo Graham)
 
Set Decoration by
George R. Nelson 
Steven Potter  (as Steve Potter)
 
Costume Design by
Ruth Morley 
 
Makeup Department
Jeff Angell .... makeup artist
Kathryn Blondell .... hair stylist (as Kathy Blondell)
Mary Keats .... hair stylist
Thomas Tuttle .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Ronald Colby .... unit production manager
Robert Huddleston .... unit production manager (as Robert J. Huddleston)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Daniel Attias .... second assistant director
Ronald Colby .... first assistant director
Arne Schmidt .... first assistant director
David Valdes .... second assistant director (as David Valdés)
 
Art Department
Roger Dietz .... set artist
Gary Fettis .... leadman
Dennis Gassner .... graphic designer
Robert C. Goldstein .... set designer (as Bob Goldstein)
Douglas E. Madison .... property master (as Doug Madison)
James J. Murakami .... set designer (as James Murakami)
John J. Rutchland Jr. .... construction coordinator (as John Rutchland)
Robert Scaife .... construction coordinator
Tom Shaw Jr. .... property master
Alex Tavoularis .... illustrator
Stan Cockerell .... assistant property master (uncredited)
Stan Cockerell .... set dresser (uncredited)
Mike Villarino .... propmaker (uncredited)
Louis Zamora .... labor foreman (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Jill Demby .... dialogue editor
John Duffy .... sound editor
Richard Bryce Goodman .... sound mixer (as Richard Goodman)
Bob Johnston .... sound editor (as Robert Johnston)
Randy Kelley .... sound editor
Andrew London .... supervising sound editor
Chris McLaughlin .... boom operator
Vince Melandri .... dialogue editor
Donald O. Mitchell .... sound re-recording mixer
Donald Ortiz .... assistant sound editor
Wylie Stateman .... sound editor
Darcy Vebber .... boom operator
James E. Webb .... sound mixer (as James Webb Jr.)
Glenn T. Morgan .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Howard Jensen .... special effects
Joe Lombardi .... special effects (as Joseph Lombardi)
 
Stunts
Terry Leonard .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Clifford Dalton .... best boy
Larry Gilhooly .... gaffer (as Larry Gilhouley)
Jack Harris .... still photographer
M. Todd Henry .... first assistant camera (as Todd Henry)
Bill Johnson .... camera operator
Philip H. Lathrop .... cinematographer: other photography (as Philip Lathrop)
Carl Manoogian .... key grip
Pete G. Papanickolas .... key grip (as Pete Papanickolas)
Morgan Renard .... still photographer
Frederic J. Smith .... camera operator
Robert A. Torres .... first assistant camera (as Robert Torres)
Bud Woodside .... best boy
Robert Woodside .... gaffer (as Bob Woodside)
David A. Smith .... video assist operator (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Frank Cullen .... extras casting
Elisabeth Leustig .... extras casting (as Elizabeth Leustig)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
April Ferry .... costumer
Ed Fincher .... costumer
Mina Mittelman .... costumer (as Mina Mittleman)
Dean Skipworth .... costumer
 
Editorial Department
Carrie Ellison .... assistant editor
Dorian Harris .... assistant editor
Barry Malkin .... supervising editor
Suzana Peric .... assistant editor
Deborah Roberts .... assistant editor
Sonya Sones .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
John Barry .... conductor
Lucia Hwong .... chinese music consultant: John Barry
Michael Lang .... musician: solo piano
Ronnie Lang .... musician: solo clarinet
Robert Q. Lovett .... music editor
Dennis S. Sands .... music recording engineer (as Dennis Sands)
 
Transportation Department
Ernie Foster .... transportation captain
Richard Padgett .... transportation captain (as Dick Padgett)
 
Other crew
Bill Blackbeard .... additional researcher
Joanie Blum .... script supervisor
Trevor Colby .... production aide
Francis Ford Coppola .... presenter
Gian-Carlo Coppola .... production aide
Anthony Cunningham .... location coordinator (as Tony Cunningham)
Steve Danton .... production assistant
Tony Dingman .... production aide
David Fechheimer .... additional researcher
Teri Fettis-D'Ovidio .... production coordinator (as Teri Fettis)
Wayne Fitzgerald .... title designer
Michael Hacker .... production assistant
Kimba Hills .... production aide
Murdo Laird .... electronic cinema
Anita Luccioni .... assistant: Mr. Wenders
Lillian Michelson .... additional researcher
Mary Mitchel .... researcher (as Mary Patton)
Lloyd Nelson .... script supervisor
Giedra Rackauskas .... auditor
Lisa Radano .... production aide
Robert Rock .... production aide
Frank Simeone .... production aide (as Franklin Simeone)
Mona Skager .... location coordinator
David A. Smith .... electronic cinema (as David Smith)
Ann St. John .... electronic cinema
Tony St. John .... electronic cinema (as Anthony St. John)
Julie Stark .... production aide
Barbara Stones .... researcher
David Stump .... production aide
Judy Thomason .... assistant to producer
Beverly Walker .... publicist
Charles B. Wessler .... production aide (as Charles Wessler)
Kurt Woolner .... auditor
Daniel R. Suhart .... assistant production office coordinator (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Keith Deutsch .... acknowledgment: "Black Mask" courtesy of
 
Crew believed to be complete


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97 min
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Color (Technicolor)
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Trivia:
The film is a homage to writer Dashiell Hammett, film noir, pulp fiction, detective films, 'roman noir', 'hard-boiled' gumshoe 1920s & 1930s fiction, and the Golden Age of Old Hollywood.See more »
Quotes:
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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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
"Shouldn't we do something legal?", 20 May 2009
Author: chaos-rampant from Greece

I didn't really expect my first forray into Wenders to be a fictionalized pulpy detective story homage to the patriarch of pulpy detective stories, writer Dashiell Hammett, produced by Coppola's Zoetrope Studios, but there you have it. Strangely, I'm not even sure this is a Wenders film in anything but name, as Coppola himself allegedly had to reshoot one and a half years after Wenders wrapped shooting significant portions of a film his backers found very 'dissatisfying'. Par the course for a film that had to undergo so much revamping to please money men, Hammett is a mess, albeit an interesting mess.

If the premise sounds good enough, pulpy writer Dashiell Hammett being drawn one last time into his detective past as a favour to a former Pinkerton colleague whom he helps investigate the disappearance of an underage Chinese prostitute, the script never quite fulfills its potential. Not because it's sprawling and convoluted (the best noirs usually are), but because it's just that for all the wrong reasons, and on top of that half-baked and unconvincing. At times it plays almost like a Dick Tracy caricature of noir plots.

Most interesting thing about it however are the meta- aspects of the story, probably what drew Wenders into the fold (apart from his fascination with American genre cinema). Writer Hammett playing detective Hammett, the lines between reality and fiction blurring dangerously as he does. But the film never runs with it, as though afraid it might alienate a mainstream audience that likely had little vested interest in such a film to begin with.

The opening sequence shows what might have been: having just finished his latest novel, Hammett lies down playing out the ending in his head; after a violent coughing fit, he staggers back into his living room only to find waiting for him the hero of his book. Is Hammett hallucinating in the grip of alcohol and tuberculosis or does he base his fictional characters on people he knows?

The ending tries to bring all that back full circle but it's too little too late. The movie has dawdled a little too much in squeaky clean Zoetrope sets trying to pass for 1920's San Francisco, has tripped over the needlessly convoluted mess it creates for its characters. It's still a fun watch, the cast is populated by familiar faces (three Twin Peaks actors, Sam Fuller, Elisha Cook Jr.), and Frederic Forrest gives a good show. Interesting curio, not much else, Hammett fans will probably dig it significantly more than me.

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