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Director Wim Wenders made his American film bow with the ultra-stylish Hammett. Based on the speculative novel by Joe Gores, the story concerns real-life detective novelist Dashiell Hammett (Frederic Forest), who early in his career is involved in a complex mystery that will profoundly influence his later works. While hacking away for pulp magazines, Hammett is asked by Jimmy Ryan (Peter Boyle), his old boss at the Pinkerton agency (and the model for the writer's "Continental Op" character), to help out on a particularly difficult case. Before long, Hammett is prowling the nooks… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Despite compromises imposed upon German director Wim Wenders (in his American debut), it's still worth seeing this stylish film due to Forrest's performance in the lead."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"A misguided venture, an exploration of the artist's mind that merely excavates the roots of hollow post-modernism"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"A truly delightful and gorgeous homage to pulp mysteries."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Wenders was justifiably upset with the studio for its cutting up of his baby and forcing on him too many reshoots and script rewrites."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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