The Maltese Falcon (1941)
Critic Consensus: Suspenseful, labyrinthine, and brilliantly cast, The Maltese Falcon is one of the most influential noirs -- as well as a showcase for Humphrey Bogart at his finest.
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as Sam Spade
as Brigid O'Shaughnessy
as Joel Cairo
as Kasper Gutman
as Iva Archer
as Det. Lt. Dundy
as Effie Perine
as Det. Tom Polhaus
as Miles Archer
as Capt. Jacobi
as Frank Richman
as Mate of the La Palom...
as Wilmer Cook
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Critic Reviews for The Maltese Falcon
The Maltese Falcon is the first crime melodrama with finish, speed and bang to come along in what seems ages.
Frighteningly good evidence that the British (Alfred Hitchcock, Carol Reed, et al.) have no monopoly on the technique of making mystery films.
The Maltese Falcon is among the most important and influential movies to emerge from the Hollywood system -- as significant in some ways as its contemporary, Citizen Kane.
This is one of the best examples of actionful and suspenseful melodramatic story telling in cinematic form.
Audience Reviews for The Maltese Falcon
It is uneven, and dips in energy mid-way through, however the mystery and well-delivered one-liners make The Maltese Falcon a mostly enjoyable watch.
Bogart is perfect and in his best shape as an arrogant detective who tries (along with us) to make heads and tails of an extremely intricate and dizzy affair, and the best of it is that it is an incredibly well constructed plot in which all of the pieces fit in the end, with no loose ends.
A knockout dame walks into Sam Spade's office with what should be a simple job, but soon stiffs are turning up as an exotic cast of characters shows up, all looking for the fabulous Maltese Falcon. Quite possibly the greatest film noir movie; the principal cast is miraculously good, with Humphrey Bogart basically creating the cinematic private eye archetype out of cigarette smoke, whiskey, quick fists and quicker wits.
The Maltese Falcon Quotes
|Sam Spade:||When I slap you, you'll take it and like it.|
|Sam Spade:||You're not gonna go around the room straightening things and poking the fire again, are you?|
|Sam Spade:||Put the pot on, will you angel. I don't like to leave our guests.|
|Sam Spade:||When a man's partner is killed, he's supposed to do something about it. It doesn't make any difference what you thought of him. He was your partner and you're supposed to do something about it. And it happens we're in the detective business. Well, when one of your organization gets killed, it's-it's bad business to let the killer get away with it, bad all around, bad for every detective everywhere.|
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