Plot – Dashiell Hammett was a legend and a great writer of thriller novels who invented the ‘Hard Boiled School’. Everything that matters in his crime novels are the importance of the action and the murder itself in its irrational violence in the middle of a rough district. Hammett, in fact, was also a private detective of the famous Pinkerton agency. His life was damned and threatened by alcohol and tuberculosis. He became famous only after he was hired as screenwriter in Hollywood. The movie is about the story of the writer, who, in 1928 in San Francisco, meets up with Detective Jimmy Ryan, one of his ex-colleagues of the Pinkerton agency. Ryan asks Hammett to help him finding a young Chinese woman, Crystal Ling, who mysteriously disappeared. Hammett gets involved in the case and investigates the rough life of Chinatown, discovering that many influential people of San Francisco are into crimes, corruption and extortion. The man manages to escape from that reality with his experience and creativity, going back to describing those harsh events on his typewriter.
All actors – Frederic Forrest, Peter Boyle, Marilu Henner, Roy Kinnear, Elisha Cook Jr., Lydia Lei, R.G. Armstrong, Richard Bradford, Michael Chow, David Patrick Kelly, Sylvia Sidney, Jack Nanceshow all
“Hammett” Quotes 5 quotes
“- Hammett: I was sure I heard you retired.
- Doc Fallon: I heard you stopped drinkin'.
- Hammett: I guess we were both wrong.”
“- Hammett: Kit, this is Eli, last of the IWW organizers.
- Kit Conger: Are you really a Wobbly?
- Eli the Taxi Driver: No, that's just Hammett talkin'. What I am now is sort of an anarchist, with syndicalist tendencies.”
“You don't think they're going to let you waltz, do you? You're going up against one hundred, two hundred, three hundred million dollars. You're going up against the powerhouse, angel - the big steam.”
“I want two things. One, I want my story back, it's not much but it's what I do. And two, I want to be left alone.”