The Black Bird (1975) - Rotten Tomatoes

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The Black Bird (1975)




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Movie Info

In this satirical sequel to The Maltese Falcon, Sam Spade Jr. inherits his father's detective agency in a seedy section of San Francisco. The ubiquitous Maltese Falcon surfaces once again. This time, Spade's friends and foes include femme fatales Anna and "Decoy Girl," historian Dr. Crippen, and midget villain Litvak.


George Segal
as Sam Spade Jr.
Stéphane Audran
as Anna Kemidov
Lionel Stander
as Gordon Immerman
Signe Hasso
as Dr. Crippen
Connie Kreski
as Decoy Girl
Titus Napoleon
as Hawaiian Thug
Harry Kenoi
as Hawaiian Thug
Howard Jeffrey
as Kerkorian
Ken Swofford
as Brad McCormack
Vic Tayback
as Warren Finley
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Critic Reviews for The Black Bird

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (3)

The general tenor of the film shows a sentimental empathy for the original material with no heartless put-downs marring the work. There are lots of smiles, many chuckles, and a few strong laughs.

February 23, 2012 | Full Review…

As a whole the movie fails to top the wry tone of Huston's classic or to produce a surprise denouement.

June 24, 2006 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The Black Bird is an enchanting half-hour spoof of Humphrey Bogart and The Maltese Falcon. Too bad it lasts over an hour and a half.

May 9, 2005 | Full Review…

Black Bird is a funny movie.

June 30, 2021 | Full Review…

Too bad it's not funny, just sentimental crap.

February 2, 2015 | Rating: C | Full Review…

While there are a few laughs to be had, this is hardly a worthy tribute to the original.

May 24, 2003 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Black Bird

A pretty funny sequel/spoof of Maltese Falcon, which was an interesting idea, but I think we could have done without it. Overall, it's okay.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

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