An intelligent and intriguing Cold War thriller directed by Jack Gold in which Elliott Gould and Trevor Howard star as deadly rivals from across The Iron Curtain. A top scientist, Lucas Martino, (Joseph Bova) returns to the West after being involved in a terrible car crash and spending six months as a prisoner in communist East Germany. Hideously burned and with his body crushed, he is forced to wear an un-removable steel mask to stay alive. Sean Rogers (Elliott Gould), the FBI agent sent to debrief Dr. Martino, discovers that he was interrogated while held captive by Eastern spymaster Colonel Azarin (Trevor Howard) - and that his unexpected release may all be part of a lethal plot. Is the man behind the steel mask really Lucas Martino at all, or a ticking time bomb waiting for an opportunity to betray the West? Is he just a tormented victim - or the ultimate double agent?
Audio commentary with director Jack Gold and film historian Tony Sloman (2010)
Selected scenes commentary with actor Elliott Gould (2010, 21 mins)
The BEHP Interview with Jack Gold (1990, 94 mins): an archival audio recording, made as part of the British Entertainment History Project, featuring the director in conversation with Norman Swallow and Alan Lawson
The Megaton Mind (2010, 26 mins): an archival interview with actor Edward Grover
The Man Behind the Mask (2019, 21 mins): writer and critic Kim Newman explores the life and career of acclaimed science-fiction author Algis Budrys