Starring James Coburn, Paul Stewart, Jason Miller, Nancy Addison, Hector Elizondo, Beatrice Straight, Jean Simmons
Sterling. Intricate. Lurid.
Faithful adaptation of Dashiell Hammett’s Continental Op novel starring James Coburn as the shrewd detective. He’s investigating a jewelry theft, but, true to the noir style, that quickly expands to much more nefarious crimes. He can’t help caring for the emotionally unstable Gabrielle Leggett, leading him down a spiral of one mystery after another. Not as crisp and expert as Hammett’s masterpiece, The Maltese Falcon, it’s still good viewing thanks to Coburn’s effortless cool.
-Walter Tyrone Howard-