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HAMMETT
1982

Director:

Wim Wenders

Writing Credits
:
Joe Gores
(novel)
Dennis O'Flaherty Thomas Pope
(adaptation)
Ross Thomas

Directors of Photography:
Joseph F. Biroc
Philip H. Lathrop


Editing:
Marc Laub
Robert Q. Lovett
Barry Malkin
Randy Roberts

Original Music:
John Barry

Cast:
Frederic Forrest
Peter Boyle
Marilu Henner
Roy Kinnear
Elisha Cook Jr.
Lydia Lei
R.G. Armstrong
Richard Bradford I Michael Chow I
David Patrick Kelly
Sylvia Sidney
Jack Nance
Elmer L. Kline
Royal Dano Samuel Fuller


Producers:
Ronald Colby I
Francis Ford Coppola
(executive prod.)
Don Guest
Fred Roos

Production:
Zoetrope Studios

Production Design:
Eugene Lee II
Dean Tavoularis


Costume Design:
Ruth Morley


Art Direction:
Leon Ericksen Angelo
P. Graham

Set Decoration:
George R. Nelson Steven Potter


Length:
128 min.

Format:
35 mm
Technicolor


Original Language:

English


production sketch

San Francisco, 1928. Dashiell Hammett, a former detective of the Pinkerton Agency, in his thirties, is a tuberculous drunkard who barely survives writing detective stories. An old colleague, Jimmy Ryan comes to visit him -- he needs Dashiell's help to solve the case of Crystal Ling. A Chinese girl who has mysteriously disappeared. Hammett finds himself once more in the streets of Chinatown, on a complicated job involving politicians, corrupt police officers, false friends and false corpses. Only his detective instinct will enable him to survive -- all the more disillusioned, he will go back to his typewriter.




Wim Wenders:

"Hammett: detective, writer - this aspect of the character fascinated me. And it was this aspect that blocked the shooting of the film for so long. I wanted to find a balance between the detective story and the story of the writer who begins to confuse reality with fiction. The core of the screenplay was constructed of various levels upon which the story and the final solution of these levels had to develop."


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