The Maltese Falcon

Release Date: October 18th, 1941

DVD Release Date: February 15th, 2000

Not Yet Rated |1 hr 40 min

Plot Summary

In this noir classic, detective Sam Spade (Humphrey Bogart) gets more than he bargained for when he takes a case brought to him by a beautiful but secretive woman (Mary Astor). As soon as Miss Wonderly shows up, trouble follows as Sam's partner is murdered and Sam is accosted by a man (Peter Lorre) demanding he locate a valuable statuette. Sam, entangled in a dangerous web of crime and intrigue, soon realizes he must find the one thing they all seem to want: the bejeweled Maltese falcon.

Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Peter Lorre, Gladys George, Barton MacLane, Sydney Greenstreet, Lee Patrick, Ward Bond

Director: John Huston

Genres: Crime drama

Production Co: Warner Brothers, First National Pictures

Distributors: Warner Bros. Pictures

Keywords: Brooding , Dark , Gritty , Office , Pursuit , Police officer , Hotel , Deception , Temptation , Mystery , Murder , 1940s ,

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    The movie is essentially a series of conversations punctuated by brief, violent interludes. It's all style. It isn't violence or chases, but the way the actors look, move, speak and embody their characters. show more

  • 88
    James BerardinelliReelViews

    With Hammett's dialogue incorporated virtually verbatim into the screenplay, Bogart in top form, and Huston allowed total directorial freedom, watching this first of the films noir is an experience to be embraced. show more

  • 100
    The Hollywood Reporter

    On a number of accounts it is distinguished celluloid entertainment, but it is of great interest to the trade because it reveals, in startling terms, the unheralded talent of topflight scenarist, John Huston, who, in the dual capacity of writer and director of this picture, is now entitled to take his place among the most important creative artists in the industry. show more

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Nominated Writing (Screenplay)
Nominated Outstanding Motion Picture