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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: 51
  • Fresh: 51
  • 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

Maltese Falcon

Another classic to add to the growing list of the black and white, noir, Bogie. More Dashiell Hammett, please.

The stuff dreams are made of.

Considered by many to be the first film noir, John Huston's masterpiece is a clinic in ensemble acting, and has the sharp screenplay to match. Bogey, Lorre, Greenstreet, and Astor--it just doesn't get much better than that. Dark, brooding, and at times confusing, "The Maltese Falcon" is an American classic, and one that has stood the test of time.

They don't make 'em like this any more

A true classic. Perfect in every way. No CG or special effects, just great plot, character development, performances, and directing. One of the best of the classics. This (and others like it) are what current great movies are based on. A must have in every movie collection.

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

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