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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.

Director:

Wim Wenders

Writers:

Joe Gores (novel), Dennis O'Flaherty | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Elmer Kline ... Doc Fallon
Royal Dano ... Pops
Samuel Fuller ... Old Man in Pool Hall
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

He Created 'The Maltese Falcon," "Sam Spade" and "The Thin Man". But He Didn't Write This Mystery-Thriller...He Lived It. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Mystery

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 September 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Investigación en el Barrio Chino See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,222, 19 September 1982, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$42,914
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Zoetrope Studios See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The name of the detective agency that Hammett (Frederic Forrest) used to work for was 'The Pinkerton Private Eye Company". 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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Spirit & Letter the True Detective
14 March 2002 | by ken2000See all my reviews

'Hammett' is an excellent case of Zoetrope Studios, utilizing Coppola's unusual electronic-soundstage method of production (which would be further refined in his seldom-seen 'One From the Heart,' also with Frederick Forrest). In certain respects the film is like Paul Schrader's 'Mishima,' also based on a literary figure, with a seamless interweaving with the author's fictional characters along with thw writer's real life. Watch 'Hammett' and try to sort out the various strains that pop up in different films based on his work, notably the 'Maltese Falcon.' Elijah Cooke is one of the stars of the 1982 Wenders film. Don't forget the music, the soundstage decor with the recreation of late 1920's San Francisco, and the general mood that makes 'Hammett' a worthy entry to anyone list of must-see noir films.


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