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Hammett [Import]

3.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review

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  • Actors: Frederic Forrest, Peter Boyle, Marilu Henner, Roy Kinnear, Elisha Cook Jr.
  • Directors: Wim Wenders
  • Writers: Dennis O'Flaherty, Joe Gores, Ross Thomas, Thomas Pope
  • Producers: Don Guest, Francis Ford Coppola, Fred Roos
  • Format: Color, Dolby, DVD-Video, Full Screen, Subtitled, NTSC, Import
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: PG
  • Studio: Paramount
  • Release Date: Nov. 1 2005
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
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Hammett [Import]

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By Big Bill TOP 100 REVIEWER on Aug. 17 2014
Format: DVD
This movie is a more or less film noir attempt that is undone by the fact that it was made in the 1980's and is therefore in colour.
Strike one ; can't be spooky and moody in colour. Next is the choice of stars , lead stars don't make it , best performances are by
Marilu Henner and Elisha Cook as bit players in the plot. Story is confusing ( to me ) and seems dis-jointed as opposed to tight.
As indicated it's OK , just not great.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Don't Play it Again, Sam June 29 2016
By Harrison H. Sheld - Published on
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On reflection, we chose to evaluate this film as a satire. As a straight film, it just doesn’t pass mustard [sic]. Kindness suggests that this is supposed to be a take-off of John Huston's "Maltese Falcon." The film takes place around the early part of the 20th century in San Francisco in and about Chinatown. Hammett [in the SamSpade mold] is asked by an old bud to find a Chinese sex slave named Crystal Ling. The film details the trials and tribulations in that hunt, within and around opium dens. There are characters reminiscent of Maltese Falcon, for example, detective Tom Polhaus, Elisha Cook, the gunsel Wilmer in the Bogart Spade film, has a bit part, and there is even a rendition of Sidney Greenstreet’s part, Kasper Gutman. That said, casting was not done well. Smoking and drinking prevail and steal almost every scene. Even in satire it falls short as a tribute to Dashiell Hammett.
5.0 out of 5 stars This film is beautifully filmed and performed July 7 2016
By Geoffrey S. Geiger - Published on
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This film is beautifully photographed and performed. It is a noir movie about the days when Dashiell Hammett wrote his classic detective stories while living in San Francisco. The movie captures the mood and appearance of the San Francisco underworld in the 1930s, with especially intriguing scenes in Chinatown that include a chase through an opium den. Frederic Forrest does a brilliant job of playing Hammett, who works as a private detective in this film as well as a writer. The supporting actors are well cast and convincing, and the film takes one to another world that is sinister yet beautiful in its dark way. I was transported into this world and held almost hypnotically by its beautifully composed photography, evocative sets, and suspenseful story. Time very well spent.
2.0 out of 5 stars Style over substance June 15 2016
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Didn't care about any of the characters. The real-time story is trite. The producer would have done better to choose one of Joe Gores' other novels. But movies have to compete with TV, so, for a producer, a straight detective story might not seem to be appropriate for the "big screen." Yet here on Amazon, Vera Caspary's "Laura" -- a detective story adapted into a 1944 movie -- is currently earning 4.5 stars, as are Raymond Chandler's "The Big Sleep," and Dashiell Hammett's own "Maltese Falcon."
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Find March 16 2007
By John D. Steyers - Published on
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Despite my general taste for the private detective genre, this film had escaped my notice for a number of years. I was intrigued enough by its entry in Leonard Malten's ongoing book to rent it. I consider it a real find. I was very happy to rediscover it on DVD. It works on more than one level simultaneously. Most basically, it is a good "private eye" story in and of itself. Beyond that, its references to the genre in general, the period, and even the life and character of Dashiell Hammet himself, as well as the fact that it is not-quite-literal about any of the above, make for a very pleasing depth and richness of story texture which enhances the experience. The acting is very good across the board, particularly that of Peter Boyle as Hammett's mentor. As if all this weren't enough, Wenders's visual style is appropriate and very effective. There is an artificiality about the design, lighting and camera work which embodies to a great extent the pastiche element underlying the story. Many, if not most shots are consciously (I feel sure) made to resemble the cover art of early paperback editions of "private eye" fiction. This element enhances the pastiche and enriches the immediate experience as well as creating a nuanced world which refers interestingly to a specific time and place (San Francisco's Chinatown in the 1920's)without pretending to be strictly historical or naturalistic. This film is great entertainment.
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Entertainment June 13 2016
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A very entertaining noir production. There is snappy patter as Dashiell used to write but nothing like the lines only he could create. It is a good mystery but it is solved, in the English tradition, not resolved as in the American tradition. A little short of the Maltese Falcon but an above average entertainment.