The Maltese Falcon PG

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This film was last shown on 14 October 2021

Often dubbed the first Film Noir, The Maltese Falcon is now regarded as one of the finest American films ever made. The first feature film by John Huston -- who would go on to direct The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, The Asphalt Jungle and The African Queen The Maltese Falcon tells the story of tough San Francisco private detective, Sam Spade (Humphrey Bogart).

When Spade takes on a case that involves three eccentric villains, he becomes entangled in a plot of lies, deceit and murder surrounding a small statue known as the Maltese Falcon. Adapted from Dashiell Hammett’s novel, and celebrating its 80th anniversary this year, The Maltese Falcon established the template for Noir films to come, and established Bogart as a major Hollywood star.


John Huston
1 hour 44 minutes
Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Peter Lorre


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