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Wim Wenders directs Frederic Forrest in a fictionalized biopic about Dashiell Hammett. What can possibly go wrong? Add in a number of other character actors equally as good as Forrest (including Elisha Cook, Jr.-- yeah, the guy who was in The Maltese Falcon as the gunsel) and a script by the late Ross Thomas, who wrote a pretty mean crime novel himself, and you're pretty much destined for cinema gold. Needless to say, the public ignored it-- the film grossed a total of forty-two thousand dollars in the theaters. In the intervening twenty-six years, the film has been criminally neglected, held up as a paragon of cinema virtue by a handful (at best) of fanatics, including myself and megacritic Jonathan Rosenbaum (who considers Hammett Wenders' most underrated film; I'd have to say that's kind of a gimme), who are, in this case at least, profoundly ignored. Well, it's time that that stops, and Hammett is brought back to the place where it belongs, as one of the best films ever made.
No one except Wim Wenders, Francis Ford Coppola, and (one assumes) a few selected folks at Zoetrope has ever actually seen Hammett. Once Zoetrope got a copy of it, they recut the film (Wenders is on record as saying the released version is very little like the film he actually shot) to Coppola's standards. That's what got released, and that's what we've all seen. Well, the eighteen or so of us who've seen it, anyway.Read more ›
When the film was in development in 1978, Wenders had originally wanted Sam Shepherd - not only was he gaunt enough to play Hammett and was a writer himself but, more importantly for the director, he could actually type, something most actors who tested for the film had real problems with. Instead, Coppola wanted Frederic Forrest, one of his stock company of actors at Zoetrope, to play the lead: it turned out to be an inspired choice, but was indicative of how far the film would veer from his original intentions.Read more ›
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I was disappointed in this and quit watching halfway into the movie. It did not keep my interest.Published 11 days ago by K. Schonlau
This film is beautifully filmed and performed. It is a noir movie about the days when Dashiell Hammett lived and wrote his classic detective stories in San Francisco. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Geoffrey S. Geiger
Not as good as Hammett could write it but, not bad. Frederic Forrest is a great actor and did his part very well.Published 20 days ago by Gerry Boyer
On reflection, we chose to evaluate this film as a satire. As a straight film, it just doesn’t pass mustard [sic]. Read morePublished 27 days ago by Harrison H. Sheld
not much to say other than it was ill conceived, ill acted, and ill producedPublished 28 days ago by niz9