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Detective Dashiell Hammett thought that he had left his old life behind when he retired to become a writer. But when his ex-boss brings him on for one last case, Dashiell becomes the target of a deadly crime ring that involves the police. Academy Award® nominee Frederic Forrest, Marilu Henner (TV's "Taxi") and Peter Boyle (TV's "Everybody Loves Raymond") star in this suspense thriller that takes you from the back alleys of Chinatown to the bedrooms of the San Francisco elite.
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There is only one weak link in the casting: The leading man either has been coached, or has chosen, to deliver all his lines at an angry, strident volume, and this leaves him no room for any nuance or subtlety. But the supporting players are so good, often having to struggle with expository dialogue, yet somehow making it all sound plausible and possible, that they make up for it. The production is gorgeous to look at.
Throughout are violent undertones, sometimes exploding to the surface, and Roy Kinnear, Marilu Henner, Peter Boyle, Elisha Cook, Jr., and, as Crystal Ling, Lydia Lei, make sure we enjoy the sidestreets of San Francisco through which we follow the twisting plot. Samuel Fuller is a delight as a poolroom regular. Familiar faces, all in a most enjoyable homage to the genre.
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Brought in actors from that genre, e.g. Elisha Cook.
It delivered on what it said it would be.