After two previous film versions of Dashiell Hammett's detective classic The Maltese Falcon, Warner Bros. finally got it right in 1941--or, rather, John Huston, a long-established screenwriter making ... read more
Directed by: John Huston
Release Date: October 18, 1941
DVD Release Date: February 15, 2000
Stats: 3,279 reviews
Flixster Reviews (3,279)
May 22, 2013
John Huston's debut film is the third(!) adaptation of Dashiell Hammett's classic detective novel. Much like Ben-Hur, I had no idea that the classic that everyone raves about is a remake or at least not the first version.
Regardless, this is a great film, and it pretty much kick...
February 25, 2013
A huge turning point in modern Cinema and one that every film made since should be grateful for. It looks sublime, every shot is lit beautifully. The performances are immaculate and the script is as fresh now as it was then, a real difference in the way characters were portrayed ...
February 10, 2012
Why don't we get films like this anymore? Why don't we get actors as slick and as savvy as Humphrey Bogart in our day? There's really not much to say about this film other than it's an exciting, compelling picture the likes of which just aren't created in this modern day. It's a ...
November 27, 2011
I know, I know: it's a classic. Unfortunately, I had trouble staying awake during this one. The scenes are so long and talky - though that's something I usually like in old movies, it didn't work for me here. Also, I understand the purpose of a plot coupon like the titular falcon...
November 13, 2011fb1664868775
The Maltese Falcon is Huston's first masterpiece and the essential example of film noir. Bogart in one of his most memorable roles.
October 7, 2011
Perplexing, stylish and dark. Full review later.
August 9, 2011
If you ever wonder why Bogart is a movie icon, this is the movie you need to watch.
August 9, 2011
Agree with most of you. One of the best movies ever. I doubt someone could give us a better performance as Humprey portraying Sam Spade or any other detective. He's is unique, as he is ironic, sarcastic, clever and fast talker. "What do you want me to do? Learn to stutter?" . Gre...
May 31, 2011
John Huston's "The Maltese Falcon" is just really great. The plot is mature and twisty and the performances are first rate. Yes, this is quintessential Humphrey Bogart but the real standout is Mary Astor. She deftly calculates the right amount of vulnerability and strength to mak...
October 15, 2010
I don't know if it was just me or not, but I found this one hard to follow. It all made sense in the end, but I got lost about halfway through. I'm okay with it just being me. Maybe I was tired or something. Anyways, it was neat to see a similar cast to Casablanca in the film...
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