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The Maltese Falcon (1941)

HD   NR Closed Captioning

John Huston

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About the Movie

Academy Award winner Humphrey Bogart stars in this classic film noir as tough San Francisco private detective Sam Spade in the classic, convoluted story of Spade's involvement with a deadly band of international thieves who will lie, double cross and murder to obtain a small, jewel-encrusted statue known as The Maltese Falcon. Sam Spade's (Bogart) partner, Miles Archer (Jerome Cowan), accepts a job protecting a young woman (Mary Astor). Neither Spade nor Archer believe the woman or the story she tells them, but they do believe her money. Then, when Archer is murdered, Spade's search for the killer drags him in the web of lies and death spun by the desperate people seeking The Maltese Falcon.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 48
  • Fresh: 48
  • Rotten: 0
  • Average Rating: 9.0/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Mr. Huston gives promise of becoming one of the smartest directors in the field. – Bosley Crowther, New York Times, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: Frighteningly good evidence that the British (Alfred Hitchcock, Carol Reed, et al.) have no monopoly on the technique of making mystery films. – TIME Magazine, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: This is one of the best examples of actionful and suspenseful melodramatic story telling in cinematic form. – Variety Staff, Variety, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: Among the movies we not only love but treasure, The Maltese Falcon stands as a great divide. – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times, Jan 20, 2006

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Customer Reviews

Falcon Great - iTunes not so....

To all who might rent or buy - the current iTunes copy is missing parts of a famous scene - where Gutman (the Fat Man) meets Spade and asks if he is a drinking man. This verbal exchange is classic and MISSING. iTunes should be more dilligent in their quality control. Otherwise, the movie is great, a true classic.

One of the Great Movies

If there were errors before such as wrong version or missing parts, they have been fixed.

music not movies

i agree, itunes is most likely licensing the worst copies of films without even checking them for content. why view a film if it is missing parts of the narrative?

The Maltese Falcon (1941)
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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Thriller
  • Released: 2014

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