Hammett

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Director Wim Wenders made his American film bow with the ultra-stylish Hammett. Based on the speculative novel by Joe Gores, the story concerns real-life detective novelist Dashiell Hammett Frederic Forest, who early in his career is involved in a complex mystery that will profoundly influence his later works. While hacking away for pulp magazines, Hammett is asked by Jimmy Ryan Peter Boyle, his old boss at the Pinkerton agency and the model for the writer's "Continental Op" character, to help out on a ...
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Frederic Forrest, Peter Boyle, Marilu Henner, Roy Kinnear, Elisha Cook, Jr. November 1, 2005 DVD New in new packaging. Language: English. Run time: 94 mins. Originally ... released: 1982. Read more Show Less

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Director Wim Wenders made his American film bow with the ultra-stylish Hammett. Based on the speculative novel by Joe Gores, the story concerns real-life detective novelist Dashiell Hammett Frederic Forest, who early in his career is involved in a complex mystery that will profoundly influence his later works. While hacking away for pulp magazines, Hammett is asked by Jimmy Ryan Peter Boyle, his old boss at the Pinkerton agency and the model for the writer's "Continental Op" character, to help out on a particularly difficult case. Before long, Hammett is prowling the nooks and crannies of San Francisco in search of a missing Chinese prostitute-blackmailer Lydia Lei. Among the several delectable "inside jokes" in Hammett is the presence of Elisha Cook, who'd appeared in the 1941 film adaptation of Hammett's Maltese Falcon, as Eli the Cab Driver. Cinematographers Philip H. Lathrop and Joseph Biroc work overtime to invest Hammett with the "feel" of a classic 1940s detective yarn.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Widescreen version enhanced for 16:9 TVs; Dolby Digital Enlish stereo; English subtitles
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Michael Costello
Wim Wenders' film version of Joe Gores's novel, a conflation of elements of the writer's life with episodes from his work, is a fascinatingly stylized artifact which will likely be of more interest to the director's fans than Hammett's. More a meditation on the detective genre than an actual detective film, it bends Gores's novel to the deliberate pacing and meandering plotting of Wenders' characteristic theme of perennial wanderjahre. The casting of an actor with a persona as vulnerable as Frederic Forrest to play the laconic, hard-nosed Hammett of reality is just one of many unusual choices that take one into the realm of cult film and Marilu Henner, Forrest's wife of the time, also seems out of place here. But the rest of the cast, which includes veterans of Hollywood's golden age like Sylvia Sidney, Elisha Cook Jr., and Royal Dano, acquit themselves well. Philip Lathrop, a specialist in noir and crime films, and the 79-year-old Joseph Biroc, whose last feature this was, combine their talents in the film's stunningly dream-like visual texture.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/1/2005
  • UPC: 097361548647
  • Original Release: 1982
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  • Source: Paramount
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 1:37:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Frederic Forrest Hammett
Peter Boyle Jimmy Ryan
Marilu Henner Kit Conger/Sue Alabama
Roy Kinnear English Eddie Hagedorn
Elisha Cook Jr. Eli, the Taxi Driver
Lydia Lei Crystal Ling
R.G. Armstrong Lt. O'Mara
Richard Bradford Detective Bradford
Michael Chow Fong Wei Tau
David Patrick Kelly The Punk
Sylvia Sidney Donaldina Cameron
Jack Nance Gary Salt
Elmer L. Kline Doc Fallon
Royal Dano Pops
Samuel Fuller Old Man in Pool Hall
Alison Hong
Lloyd Kino Barber
Fox Harris Frank, the News Vendor
Lisa Lu Miss Cameron's Assistant
Andrew Winner Guard
James Quinn Fong's Guard
Mark Anger Bartender in Cookies' Bar
Hank Worden Pool Room Attendant
John Hamilton Man in Boardroom
Ross Thomas Man in Boardroom
James Brodhead Man in Boardroom
Lloyd Nelson
Technical Credits
Wim Wenders Director, Screenwriter
John Barry Score Composer
Joseph Biroc Cinematographer
Ronald B. Colby Asst. Director, Producer
Francis Ford Coppola Executive Producer
Leon Ericksen Art Director
Robert C. Goldstein Set Decoration/Design
Richard Bryce Goodman Sound/Sound Designer
Angelo P. Graham Art Director
Don Guest Producer
Janice Hampton Editor
Philip H. Lathrop Cinematographer
Marc Laub Editor
Eugene Lee Production Designer
Robert Q. Lovett Editor
Barry Malkin Editor
Ruth Morley Costumes/Costume Designer
James Murakami Set Decoration/Design
George R. Nelson Set Decoration/Design
George More O'Ferrall Screenwriter
Thomas Pope Screenwriter
Steven Potter Set Decoration/Design
Randy Roberts Editor
Fred Roos Producer
Arne Schmidt Asst. Director
Dean Tavoularis Production Designer
Ross Thomas Screenwriter
James E. Webb Jr. Sound/Sound Designer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Hammett
1. The Story [7:20]
2. James Francis Xavier Ryan [5:37]
3. Fancy Friends [5:15]
4. The Tail [5:40]
5. Writing a Better One [2:35]
6. Crystal Ling [5:13]
7. The Coroner [4:45]
8. A Safe Place [6:02]
9. Tell Me Where She Is [4:52]
10. Pink Elephants [1:53]
11. Escape From Fong's [4:25]
12. Show & Tell [2:07]
13. Hammett the Detective [3:04]
14. Salt's Studio [5:35]
15. Hagedorn [6:11]
16. The Big Rich [6:09]
17. The Buy Back [6:17]
18. The End [9:17]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Hammett
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   Set Up
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: None
   Scenes
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