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The Mark (1961)

Approved | | Drama | 8 June 1961 (West Germany)
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A man who served prison time for intent to molest a child tries to build a new life with the help of a sympathetic psychiatrist.

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Jim Fuller
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Ruth Leighton
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Dr. Edmund McNally
Brenda de Banzie ...
Gertrude Cartwright
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Austin
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Andrew Clive
Paul Rogers ...
Roy Milne
Maurice Denham ...
Arnold Cartwright
Amanda Black ...
Janie Leighton
Marie Devereux ...
Ellen
Bill Foley ...
Mr. Fontaine
Anne Monaghan ...
Mrs. Fontaine
Josephine Frayne ...
Patricia Elmsworth
Eddie Byrne ...
Akers
Bandana Das Gupta ...
Inez
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This is the story of a 33 year old man, Jim Fuller, released from prison after serving a three year term for intent to commit child molestation. Fuller is assisted by the prison psychiatrist in obtaining a position. He does well in this position and falls in love with the secretary of the owner of the company. A child is molested and beaten in the town where he now lives and the police pick him up for questioning. He has an alibi and is released, but a reporter who covered his former trial recognizes him. The reporter begins to follow him and reports that Fuller spent time alone with the daughter of his girl friend. Written by Dennis Beaman <dbeaman@cwnet.com>

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A Most Mature Motion Picture! See more »

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Gebrandmarkt  »

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Although set in Britain, this was filmed in Dun Laoghaire and Ardmore Studios outside Dublin due to the controversial subject matter. See more »

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When Jim is talking with Gertrude while she is knitting, as the camera is looking over his shoulder at Gertrude, his hands are down in his lap. When the scene shifts to when the camera is looking over Gertrude's shoulder at Jim, his hands are up, touching his chin. See more »

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Fine characterization
1 June 2002 | by (Cleveland, Ohio) – See all my reviews

Stuart Whitman gives an excellent portrayal in "The Mark," today a generally forgotten film of the early 60s. He brings to his character a depth and sensitivity that makes us care about his outcome.

The film subject itself is quite mature and challenging, yet Whitman and a fine multinational cast create a revealing portrait of a provocative psychiatric study.

Whitman was not awarded before or after this film with as meaty a role, and as a result we were deprived of similar quality work by this most gifted actor.


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