About The Maltese Falcon

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The Maltese Falcon captured more than half of the total votes from patrons in IU Cinema’s 2018 Audience Survey. This film-noir classic stars Humphrey Bogart as tough San Francisco private investigator Sam Spade, who is one half of the Spade and Archer Detective Agency, along with partner Miles Archer (Jerome Cowan). Archer accepts a new job protecting a young woman (Mary Astor) who claims to be in search of her missing sister, and although neither Spade nor Archer believe the woman or the story she tells them, they do believe her money. When Archer is murdered, Spade’s search for the killer drags him into the web of lies and death spun by the desperate and deadly band of international thieves who will double-cross, lie, and murder to obtain a small, jewel-encrusted statue known as the Maltese Falcon. Nominated for three Academy Awards, including Best Picture, The Maltese Falcon was selected for inclusion in the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry in 1989.

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