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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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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

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
Gary M. Brickley .... construction foreman: San Francisco
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
Gary M. Brickley .... construction coordinator (uncredited)
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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Trivia:
The movie depicts San Francisco "Chinatown" story elements. When the film was first developed, the year was 1975, the same year as when the film's source novel was first published and around one year after Chinatown (1974) had been made and released. 'The Video Vacuum' has said: "In the wake of Chinatown (1974)'s success, Hollywood went detective crazy. When they weren't remaking movies[,] old detective movies like 'Farewell My Lovely' [See: Murder, My Sweet (1944)], they were doing flicks that channeled the detective films of the 30's and 40".See more »
Quotes:
Hammett:Kit, this is Eli, last of the IWW organizers
Kit Conger:Are you really a Wobbly?
Eli the Taxi Driver:Naw, that's just Hammett talkin'. What I am now is sort of an anarchist, with syndicalist tendencies.
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Referenced in The Dream Studio (2004) (V)See more »

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10 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Hammett-Just plain old great entertainment, 27 April 2007
Author: oldsarge-1 from Texas

Hammett was produced by the sadly, now defunct Zoetrope Studios of Francis Ford Coppola. Hammett is a great movie that will most likely achieve cult status over time, especially with the folks who love the old 30's and 40's type crime and mystery movies. If you are a fan of this genre, you will most certainly notice the scenes which are very similar to scenes from the Maltese Falcon, but that is understandable as Dashiell Hammett penned the novel and Hammett is a who-dunnit which places the writer right in the thick of things as an old friend and mentor returns to San Francisco to seek help from Hammett played by Fredrick Forrest (The Rose). The old friend and P.I., Jimmy Ryan, played by Peter Boyle (Joe) seeks Hammett's help in locating one, Crystal Ling played by Lydia Lei aka Lydia Lei Kayahara. Crystal ran away from a brothel owned by Fong Wei Tau played by Michael Chow. I won't go any further with this as I don't wish to add any spoilers to this review, but I will say that Marilu Henner (Taxi) plays Hammett's neighbor and drinking buddy, Kit Conger/Sue Alabama. While she doesn't have the biggest part in the world, she does a good job with the part she does have and the sweater beret and black shiny coat that she was wearing at the end of the movie, well, made me long for the good old days. Other old time favorites show up here as well. Roy Kinnear plays English Eddie Hagedorn and Elisha Cook Jr.

plays the taxi driver Eli. Hammett's nemesis in this movie is Lt. O'Mara played by R.G.

Armstrong, while the ever present bad-boy punk is played to perfection by David Patrick Kelly (The Warriors)(Last Man Standing). Sylvia Sidney plays Donaldina Cameron and is only given a small part as is Elmer Kline who plays Doc Fallon. Jack Nance plays Gary Salt. The movie goes back and forth between what our main character has written and what is actually happening, but the two are pretty much the same. Dark and brooding as this film is, it is still worth your time and it is available, at least for now, so grab a your copy while you can as it is worth it to have it in your collection. Too bad that it seems that Lydia Lei only had an 11 year run in movies and TV. I thought she played her character wonderfully. According to the information on IMDb she started in 1977 and her last entry was 1988.

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