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
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Pretty underrated and great for a film that Wenders r.didn't have complete control. While Chinatown was a blend of actors looking like 40s noir icons and post-method style acting, this film is the best recreation of that era's style of acting mixed with modern filmmaking. Frederic Forrest was excellant in a rare lead role. If he'd been born 40 yrs earlier he'd have been a movie star. Wenders' should be proud.
Wenders again shows that he's capable of directing a thriller (of sorts) to a very high standard. Especially in light of the issues there seems to have been. Forrest is really good and I'm a big fan of Peter Boyle so the film gets bonus points for that.