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adapted as "Hammett"
Published: January 1975
Synopsis: From Chinatown's dark alleys to the fog shrouded Golden Gate, crooked politicians ran San Francisco. To Hammet, retired Pinkerton detective and struggling writer, it was all just grist to his fictional mill. Until the night his pal walked into a baseball bat. Then Hammett hung up his typewriter, put on his gumshoes and went out into the brawling, swaggering city to find the brutal murderer.
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Win Wenders, Director
Theatrical release date: 09/17/1982
DVD release date: 01/11/2005
Cast: Hammett (Frederic Forrest), Jimmy Ryan (Peter Boyle), Kit Conger/Sue Alabama (Marilu Henner), English Eddie Hagedorn (Roy Kinnear), Eli the Taxi Driver (Elisha Cook Jr.), Crystal Ling (Lydia Lei), Lt. O'Mara (R. G. Armstrong), Detective Bradford (Richard Bradford), Fong Wei Tau (Michael Chow), The Punk (David Patrick Kelly)
Running time: 107 minutes
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