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Hammett (1982)

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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 »
2 nominations. See more awards »

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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

False rumors about who directed the film entered film history books: Leonard Maltin has commented that the film was "Several years in production, with much of it reportedly reshot by executive producer Francis Ford Coppola". Moreover, the "Virgin Film Guide" states that "Rumor has it that much of Hammett (1982) was reshot by Coppola". In an interview published on March 25th 2015 by Indiewire, Wim Wenders made clear that he directed 100% of both versions of "Hammett". Halliwell's made the following footnote about the original movie: "This version was abandoned in rough cut and two-thirds of it was shot again in 1981 with a different crew." This rumor is false, too: According to Wenders the first version of "Hammett" was completed in editing by him and no 'rough cut' anymore. Two different verions of "Hammett" were completed by Wenders, but only one released. See more »

Quotes

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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References The Maltese Falcon (1941) See more »

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It has character-a-plenty and that includes the score....
19 December 2000 | by launchd-2See all my reviews

Watched Coppola/Wim Wender's "Hammett" again this past w/e- the film grows on me- has a flavour I like- the detective genre mixed with post-turn of the 20th century San Francisco- and the fact that SO MUCH is done on soundstages gives it a surreal quality. The film's production history has always been interesting (Frederick Forrest and Marilu Henner got married and divorced during it's long, tumultuous halt-run production). But, if you have never seen this or heard the John Barry score- you should. At least the score. It's to be placed in the Barry category called "unusual"- piano melodic and a lot of strained strings prevail- giving it a gin-soaked, withdrawn feel that still tugs through a foggy SF even when it's clear. A dubious above-ground underworld sucks all the characters and audience into a not-so-licentious but rather everyday (same then as today) corrupt city power structure. The film and score play off of each other, intertwining, massaging and playing out a tale of woe, misbegotten friendship and a lusty disgust for those in-power at that unique place by the bay. If ANYthing can be said of this film- it's that it has character-a-plenty and that includes the score


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