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The Maltese Falcon (1941)

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DVD Release Date
 R1: Feb 1, 2000
 R2: 3 Jul 2000

Budget $300,000

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Running Time
1 hour, 41 minutes

Country USA

Studio Warner Brothers

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• The Maltese Falcon
• The Gent from Frisco (1941)
• Die Spur des Falken (1945)

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Genre: Mystery, Film-Noir, Betrayal, Detectives, Murder, Cult Classic, Deception, Police, Femme Fatale, Scams And Cons, Spy

Tagline: A story as explosive as his blazing automatics!

Plot: Hard-drinking private eye Sam Spade sleuths the backyard of San Francisco in search of an elusive black bird statuette while evading the setups of three disparate miscreants: the duplicitous Brigid, the perfumed Mr. Cairo, and the scheming Fat Man. Huston's brilliant directorial debut is aided by first-rate performances, excellent camera work, as well as the director's acute attention to detail while shooting the film. Based on the crime novel by Dashiell Hammett. Academy Award Nominations: 3, including Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor (Sydney Greenstreet), and Best Screenplay. Previous versions of the story were filmed in 1931 (a.k.a. DANGEROUS FEMALE) and in 1936 (as SATAN MET A LADY, starring Bette Davis), and poorly redone in 1975 (THE BLACK BIRD).

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 Directed by
John Huston
The African Queen, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, The Man Who Would Be King
 Written by
Dashiell Hammett
The Thin Man, After the Thin Man, The House on Turk Street
John Huston
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Humphrey Bogart
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Mary Astor
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Gladys George
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Peter Lorre
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Barton MacLane
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, High Sierra, The Glenn Miller Story
Lee Patrick
Vertigo, Auntie Mame, Mildred Pierce
Sydney Greenstreet
Casablanca, They Died with Their Boots On, Across the Pacific
 Music By
Adolph Deutsch
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