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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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Atmosphere and acting can't rescue unexciting story 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

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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Runtime:
97 min
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Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Trivia:
Final cinema film of Elisha Cook Jr.See more »
Quotes:
Hammett:Would you be dippy enough Angel to spend a little shoe leather?
Kit Conger:Doing what?
Hammett:Looking for Gary Salt.
Kit Conger:Who the hell are you now? Hammett the writer? or Hammett the detective?
Hammett:I think you left out Hammett the fool.
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References The Maltese Falcon (1941)See more »

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Atmosphere and acting can't rescue unexciting story, 19 May 2012
Author: msroz from United States

It's the 1920s and writer Dashiell Hammett gets involved in a Chinatown blackmail and murder mystery.

I liked the atmosphere, cinematography, set and production design. If I watch it again, it will be for these and some of the performances. It was all done on sound stages. Most of the time, this didn't matter, but once or twice the sound track announced this and intruded. The direction was unexciting. It was too much of the same pacing, with not enough variation.

I liked the acting of Frederic Forest, Marilu Henner and veteran Elisha Cook. I like Peter Boyle, but here his part was too tame or he was directed that way. Richard Bradford managed to give a creditable showing. R.G. Armstrong was borderline parody. The movie fell down quite badly with many of the other acting parts, including Lydia Lei (enunciation gave her a problem), Michael Chow (not too bad but not good in comparison with Turhan Bey), Roy Kinnear (awful in comparison with Sydney Greenstreet), David Patrick Kelly (a poor excuse for Elisha Cook), and Jack Nance (a parody that threw the movie out of gear whenever he appeared and spoke.) I love John Barry's music in James Bond movies and some others, but he really missed the mark here. The James Bond chords are out of place. Can an English composer catch the American jazz sounds of the 20s? Maybe, but not in this case. Instead the score is dripping in a stylized, fake, bluesy imitation that represents nostalgia. This kind of sound has been the case in other such movies of this period. As I recollect, even The Sting is infected by some of it. It's slow, undramatic, and syrupy. Too much piano, not enough saxophone, trumpet, and rhythm.

The story is all right. It appears that the film makers decided not to play it as a straight 40s or 50s style mystery set in the 20s. That would have worked better. Too much homage to past symbols and nostalgia, mixed in with a serious story acted poorly, produced an uneven outcome without a mind of its own or a clear dramatic thrust.

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