- Original title
- Running time
- 97 min.
- United States
Ross Thomas, Dennis O'Flaherty (Novel: Joe Gores)
Joseph F. Biroc, Philip H. Lathrop
Elisha Cook Jr.,
Film noir | 1920s. Neo-noir
- Synopsis / Plot
- San Francisco, 1928. Dashiell Hammet, 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 mysteriously disappeared. Hammett finds himself once more in the streets of Chinatown, on a complicated job involving his 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.
: Cannes Film Festival: Nominated for Palme d'Or (Best Film)
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