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A cardinal is arrested for treason against the state. As a prince of his church, and a popular hero of this people, for his resistance against the Nazis during the war and afterward his resistance when his country again fell to another totalitarian conqueror. In prison, his interrogator is determined to get a confession of guilt against the state from the strong willed man, and thus destroy his power over his people. The verbal and psychological battles are gripping and powerful - not even the increasing pressures put upon the Cardinal can force him to weaken; not even solitary confinement, continuous blazing light in his cell, sleeplessness, efforts to persuade him he is going mad. And yet, in the deepening conflict, the superb indomitable prisoner, creates a tremendous pity on his tormentor, the interrogator. Written by alfiehitchie

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11 December 1955 (USA)  »

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Deemed suitably controversial enough to be banned from both the Venice and Cannes Film Festivals. See more »

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When the teenager is writing in white chalk on the wall, the position of the words changes from one cut to the next. See more »

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The Interrogator: Afraid I'll slip you a truth drug?
The Cardinal: Surely it's a confession you're after; not the truth.
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Version of BBC Sunday-Night Play: The Prisoner (1963) See more »

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Over-looked masterpiece!
25 January 2004 | by See all my reviews

A classic sadly almost ignored and forgotten probably because of it's small scale being a quite simple screen version of the popular stage play. Alec Guinness is the Cardinal arrested by the state during the Cold War, Jack Hawkins is the state inquisitor trying to break him. Ex comrades in arms, fighting in the Resistance against the Nazis; they now find themselves on opposing sides of Church and State. An intense battle of wills ensues, superb performances all round including Wilfred Lawson as the jailer. Highly recommended.


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