Monsieur Spade
GenreNeo-noir
Crime drama
Mystery
Period drama
Created byScott Frank
Tom Fontana
Based onSam Spade
by Dashiell Hammett
Written byScott Frank
Tom Fontana
Directed byScott Frank
StarringClive Owen
ComposerCarlos Rafael Rivera
Country of originUnited States
France
Original languagesEnglish
French
No. of series1
No. of episodes6
Production
Executive producers
  • Scott Frank
  • Tom Fontana
  • Clive Owen
  • Barry Levinson
  • Teddy Schwarzman
  • Michael Heimler
  • Caroline Benjo
  • Barbara Letellier
  • Simon Arnal
  • Carole Scotta
  • Carlo Martinelli
  • David Helpern
Production companies
Original release
NetworkAMC (US)
Canal+ (France)
ReleaseJanuary 14 (2024-01-14) –
February 18, 2024 (2024-02-18)

Monsieur Spade is an American neo-noir television miniseries created by Scott Frank and Tom Fontana, and starring Clive Owen as Dashiell Hammett's fictional private detective Sam Spade.

Premise

The series was originally released in the United States by AMC Networks, which provided the following synopsis:

The year is 1963, and the legendary Detective Sam Spade is enjoying his retirement in the South of France. By contrast to his days as a private eye in San Francisco, Spade's life in Bozouls is peaceful and quiet. But the rumored return of his old adversary will change everything. Six beloved nuns have been brutally murdered at the local convent. As the town grieves, secrets emerge, and new leads are established. Spade learns that the murders are somehow connected to a mysterious child who is believed to possess great powers.[1]

Cast

Main

The following actors are credited with the main cast for the episodes in which they appear:

Recurring

Episodes

No.Title [3]Directed by [4]Written by [5]Original release date [3]
1"Episode 1"Scott FrankTom Fontana & Scott FrankJanuary 14, 2024 (2024-01-14)
2"Episode 2"Scott FrankScott Frank & Tom FontanaJanuary 21, 2024 (2024-01-21)
3"Episode 3"Scott FrankTom Fontana & Scott FrankJanuary 28, 2024 (2024-01-28)
4"Episode 4"Scott FrankScott Frank & Tom FontanaFebruary 4, 2024 (2024-02-04)
5"Episode 5"Scott FrankTom Fontana & Scott FrankFebruary 11, 2024 (2024-02-11)
6"Episode 6"Scott FrankScott Frank & Tom FontanaFebruary 18, 2024 (2024-02-18)

Production

Monsieur Spade is a co-production between AMC and Canal+. The co-creators are Scott Frank and Tom Fontana, who also wrote the scripts and served as executive producers. Additionally, Frank will direct the series.[1] The series was filmed in France.[6]

Release

The series, which consists of six episodes, premiered on AMC, AMC+, Sundance TV and Acorn TV on January 14, 2024.[7] A first look image and teaser trailer were released in September 2023.[4]

Reception

The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 76% approval rating, with an average rating of 7.6/10, based on 25 critic reviews. The website's critics consensus reads, "Commanding the camera's full attention amidst the French countryside, Clive Owen makes for a mesmerizingly craggy Sam Spade even as the series around him struggles to live up to its hallowed lineage."[8] On Metacritic, the series holds a weighted average score of 70 out of 100, based on 18 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[9]

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "AMC/AMC+ drop gripping first-look at Clive Owen in neo-noir crime drama, Monsieur Spade, debuting early 2024". AMC Networks (Press release). September 8, 2023. Archived from the original on September 8, 2023. Retrieved September 9, 2023.
  2. ^ a b Vlessing, Etan (November 16, 2023). "Clive Owen Plays Notorious Detective in 'Monsieur Spade' Crime Drama Trailer (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on December 16, 2023. Retrieved January 20, 2024.
  3. ^ a b "Monsieur Spade at AMC". The Futon Critic. Retrieved December 2, 2023.
  4. ^ a b Petski, Denise (September 8, 2023). "'Monsieur Spade' Teaser: First Look At Clive Owen As The Infamous Private Eye In AMC Limited Series". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on September 9, 2023. Retrieved September 9, 2023.
  5. ^ "Monsieur Spade". Writers Guild of America, East. August 11, 2023. Retrieved September 12, 2023.
  6. ^ Dourlen, Maxence (October 25, 2022). "Occitanie. Clive Owen, Louise Bourgoin... Une superproduction bouleverse le quotidien d'un village" [Occitanie. Clive Owen, Louise Bourgoin... A blockbuster disrupts the daily life of a village]. Actu.fr (in French). Archived from the original on November 12, 2022. Retrieved September 12, 2023.
  7. ^ "Sneak Peek From the Highly Anticipated Series Premiere of Monsieur Spade, Starring and Executive Produced by Golden Globe® SAG® and BAFTA® Award-winner Clive Owen". AMC. January 10, 2024. Retrieved January 29, 2024.
  8. ^ "Monsieur Spade: Season 1". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved February 14, 2024.
  9. ^ "Monsieur Spade: Season 1". Metacritic. Retrieved February 14, 2024.