★★★★★ – Guardian
"★★★★★ – Humphrey Bogart at his best" – The Times
"One of the best examples of actionful and suspenseful melodramatic story telling in cinematic form" – Variety
Returning to cinemas for its 80th anniversary, John Huston’s legendary directorial debut turned Humphrey Bogart into a major star and helped set the template for the film noir genre.
Bogie stars as tough San Francisco private detective Sam Spade in the classic, convoluted story of Spade’s involvement with a deadly band of international thieves (played by Sydney Greenstreet and Peter Lorre in their first film together) who will lie, double-cross and murder to obtain a small, jewel-encrusted statue known as the Maltese Falcon.
Mary Astor stars as the femme fatale tempting Spade into a dark web of lies and death. Adapted by John Huston from Dashiell Hammett’s novel, The Maltese Falcon is widely considered as one of the most influential detective films ever made.
Dir: John Huston
Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Sydney Greenstreet, Mary Astor, Peter Lorre
USA 1941, 104mins