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The Dain Curse
The Dain Curse
Actors: James Coburn, Hector Elizondo, Jason Miller, Jean Simmons, Paul Stewart
Director: E.W. Swackhamer
Genres: Television, Mystery & Suspense
UR     2005     6hr 0min

Private investigator Hamilton Nash is given the task of finding stolen diamonds believed to bring premature death to those who have them in their posession. — Genre: Mystery — Rating: UN — Release Date: 10-MAY-2005 — Media Typ...  more »


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Actors: James Coburn, Hector Elizondo, Jason Miller, Jean Simmons, Paul Stewart
Director: E.W. Swackhamer
Creators: Bob Markell, Martin Poll, Sonny Grosso, William C. Gerrity, William Craver, Dashiell Hammett, Robert W. Lenski
Genres: Television, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Television, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: Image Entertainment
Format: DVD - Color,Full Screen
DVD Release Date: 05/10/2005
Original Release Date: 05/22/1978
Theatrical Release Date: 05/22/1978
Release Year: 2005
Run Time: 6hr 0min
Screens: Color,Full Screen
Number of Discs: 2
SwapaDVD Credits: 2
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 8
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Most Complete Version
L. K. Lynch | Peoria, Arizona | 08/27/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)

"To date, this is the most complete version of the the tv miniseries from 1978 and a most satisfying watch it is!! The running time is 4hours and 40 minutes. Image Entertainment has done a great job of restoring this almost classic to its full glory. It may not be a classic like The Maltese Falcon (John Huston version), The Thin Man or The Glass Key (Alan Ladd version) but it is still a very well made movie.(DO NOT settle for the truncated versions on video tape 1 1/2hrs and just over two hours)the story line is too garbled for that short of run time and many, many scenes are deleted!? Why did it take 27 years for this movie to be seen in it's complete and uncut version? This movie may gall some hardcore Hammett readers because The Continental Op has a name, the name of the agency is changed and the setting is changed to New York, but the ENTIRE storyline is left intact and the time period is correct in every detail, so what's the problem? Forget the minor changes, sit back, and enjoy a minor television miniseries classic!"
Less than half the original mini-series
L. K. Lynch | 10/07/2003
(2 out of 5 stars)

"The original series runs about 4 and a half hours (I taped it a couple years ago when a local station ran it). This tape is only about 2 hours long. With less than half the footage, this complex mystery will make absolutely no sense to you."
Pointing out an error
Just Jim | 02/23/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)

"The adaption of Dashiell Hammet's "The Dain Curse" was indeed a complex and enjoyable mini-series, which screened on Australian television back when it was first made. An edited version of the series was released on video and as the previous reviewer stated, it made no sense and was a waste of time and money. However, if you take a closer look at the cover image for this release, it clearly states that it is the "Original Unedited Miniseries". If this is the case, then this video is a worthy inclusion to the collection of any fan of crime/mystery television. Having said that, apparently a DVD version is scheduled for release in May 2005. Wooohooo!"