Hammett (1982)

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… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: January 1, 1982
DVD Release Date: November 1, 2005
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Critic Score: 80% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Emanuel Levy

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.

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Cole Smithey


Fernando F. Croce

A misguided venture, an exploration of the artist's mind that merely excavates the roots of hollow post-modernism

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

A truly delightful and gorgeous homage to pulp mysteries.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Wenders was justifiably upset with the studio for its cutting up of his baby and forcing on him too many reshoots and script rewrites.

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Flixster Audience Score: 63% Flixster User Reviews
Adam Mahler
not sure how much Wenders directed & how much is Coppola, but it uses the soundstage for flight-of-fancy elements and great camerawork; Forrest is great
Anthony Valletta
Fans of both Wim Wenders and Film Noir will not to miss this one.
Eric Broome
By all accounts, "Hammett" was a troubled project. Rumors abound that producer Francis Ford Coppola re-shot much of credited director Wim… More
Stephen Earnest
"Hammett" is a total mess, but its flaws can be forgiven if you take into account what it went through during production. A majority of the… More