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The Maltese Falcon

The Maltese Falcon
The Maltese Falcon
The Maltese Falcon
  • UR
  • 1h 41m
  • 1941
Certified Fresh100%
Common Sense Media Iconage 12+
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Academy Award winner Humphrey Bogart stars in this classic film noir as tough San Francisco private detective Sam Spade in the classic, convoluted story of Spade's involvement with a deadly band of international thieves who will lie, double cross and murder to obtain a small, jewel-encrusted statue known as The Maltese Falcon. Sam Spade's (Bogart) partner, Miles Archer (Jerome Cowan), accepts a job protecting a young woman (Mary Astor). Neither Spade nor Archer believe the woman or the story she tells them, but they do believe her money. Then, when Archer is murdered, Spade's search for the killer drags him in the web of lies and death spun by the desperate people seeking The Maltese Falcon.
MALTESE FALCON, THE and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and © Turner Entertainment Co.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Certified Fresh100%
Critics Consensus: Suspenseful, labyrinthine, and brilliantly cast, The Maltese Falcon is one of the most influential noirs -- as well as a showcase for Humphrey Bogart at his finest.
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Classic film noir has mature themes, drinking, smoking.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Maltese Falcon is a classic 1941 noir drama in which Humphrey Bogart plays a hard-boiled detective who becomes enmeshed in a web of lies over a stolen valuable. It's a noir movie from the '40s, so it's no shock to see a fair amount of drinking, as well as cigarette and cigar smoking. In one scene, Sam Spade loses consciousness after a "mickey" is slipped into his alcoholic beverage. A character is shot and killed; his dead body is later shown as found by Spade. An extramarital affair between Spade and his partner's wife is strongly implied, then confirmed. There's some fighting with fists, guns drawn. There's also subtle prejudice against less-than-macho Joel Cairo and Wilmer, who are (in the mildest 1940 terms) implied to be gay. It's considered to be one of the greatest films of all time, but the darkness and complexity of the story makes it best for older tweens and up.

A Lot or A Little?

The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
Positive Messages
Positive Role Models
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama
  • Release Date:October 18, 1941
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
  • Audio Format:
  • Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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