Rent The Spanish Prisoner (1997)

3.6 of 5 from 85 ratings
1h 46min
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Synopsis:
Joe Ross (Campbell Scott) is a man on the brink of something big. He has designed a process that will make his company millions and him a very wealthy man. Unnerved by a lack of commitment from his boss, a chance meeting with a weathly jetsetter, Dell (Steve Martin), causes him to further suspect the true intentions of his colleagues. But with such a money-spinning opportunity at stake, is there anyone he can trust? David Mamet's The Spanish Prisoner is a film that will make you giddy with its disorientating unpredictability. Keep your eyes open and trust no-one...
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
Jean Doumanian
Writers:
David Mamet
Studio:
Pathe
Genres:
Drama, Thrillers
BBFC:
Release Date:
30/06/2003
Run Time:
106 minutes
Languages:
English Dolby Digital 2.0
Subtitles:
None
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.33:1 / 4:3
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Original Theatrical Trailer

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Reviews (1) of The Spanish Prisoner

OK thriller; convoluted, good acting, great plot, bad direction. - The Spanish Prisoner review by tm

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29/03/2021

His failure to get you to suspend disbelief is unbelievable considering the excellent raw materiel.

when you look over Mamet's oeuvre, you realise his successes have always been when a real movie director has realised his writing.

this film has a great premise and an excellent plot. it should make an outstanding film in the right hands. unfortunately, Mamet who is a good play write cant direct. he takes some excellent actors and pretty well all the right ingredients for success and somehow contrives to waste them all on a tedious and implausible trudge through some lovely scenery without ever letting the viewer get out of the awareness of the fact that this is a film about a con trick of some sort.

finally when you see exactly what, you do get a sense of relief rather than a sense of excitement and revelation.

such a pity.

I hate remakes but this could do with one.

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