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EAN-139786304429273   EAN-13 barcode 9786304429273
Product NameMaltese Falcon [VHS]
CategoryElectronics / Photography: A/V Media: Movie / TV
Amazon.comA Buy on Amazon ~ 6304429274
SKU1001-WS1501-A03010-6304429274
Price New3.95 US Dollars    (curriencies)
Price Used1.18 US Dollars    (curriencies)
CastHumphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Gladys George, Peter Lorre, Barton MacLane
BindingVHS Tape
FormatBlack & White, Closed-captioned, Digital Video Transfer, Original recording reissued, NTSC
Run Time100 minutes
Long DescriptionStill the tightest, sharpest, and most cynical of Hollywood's official deathless classics, bracingly tough even by post-Tarantino standards. Humphrey Bogart is Dashiell Hammett's definitive private eye, Sam Spade, struggling to keep his hard-boiled cool as the double-crosses pile up around his ankles. The plot, which dances all around the stolen Middle Eastern statuette of the title, is too baroque to try to follow, and it doesn't make a bit of difference. The dialogue, much of it lifted straight from Hammett, is delivered with whip-crack speed and sneering ferocity, as Bogie faces off against Peter Lorre and Sydney Greenstreet, fends off the duplicitous advances of Mary Astor, and roughs up a cringing "gunsel" played by Elisha Cook Jr. It's an action movie of sorts, at least by implication: the characters always seem keyed up, right on the verge of erupting into violence. This is a turning-point picture in several respects: John Huston ( The African Queen ) made his directorial debut here in 1941, and Bogart, who had mostly played bad guys, was a last-minute substitution for George Raft, who must have been kicking himself for years afterward. This is the role that made Bogart a star and established his trend-setting (and still influential) antihero persona. --David Chute
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