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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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The mystery writer who lived his own stories ! [Video] 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 »

Filming Locations:

San Francisco, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$42,914

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$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

Crystal Ling: He was good.
Hammett: He was the best - in his heyday.
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Referenced in The Dream Studio (2004) See more »

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Fun for me, but maybe a bit to slow for most.
10 May 2015 | by carbuffSee all my reviews

Fun concept.

Basically plays like an old hard-boiled detective movie from the 40s or 50s that has been colorized and spiced up a bit with a few salacious scenes.

I really liked it, but I'm afraid that it might seem too slow and hokey for most modern audiences. I, however, was really pleased by how well it captured the feelings of the old Bogart, etc. movies I grew up with. It just produced warm feelings of nostalgia for me.

If you enjoy old detective movies, it might be worthwhile to give this lightly modernized take on an old genre a try.


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