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The Ceremony (1963)

A bank robber is sentenced to prison for committing a murder during the robbery. His brother comes up with a plan to break him out of prison--but on the condition that his brother's girlfriend "date" him first.

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Sean McKenna
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Catherine
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Dominic
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Prison Warden
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Le Caq
Lee Patterson ...
Nicky
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O'Brian
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First Gendaime
Carlos Casaravilla ...
Ramades (as Carlos Casarvillo)
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Sanchez
Fernando Sancho ...
Shaoush (as Fernando Sanchez)
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Inspector
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Finigan
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rafael Albaicín ...
7th gendarme
Barta Barri ...
Death house guard
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A bank robber is sentenced to prison for committing a murder during the robbery. His brother comes up with a plan to break him out of prison--but on the condition that his brother's girlfriend "date" him first.

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The story of a man condemned . . . of his brother who offered to save him for a price . . . his brother's woman! See more »

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3 April 1964 (West Germany)  »

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Frühstück in der Todeszelle  »

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Hard to really like this film.
31 January 2015 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

I did not hate "The Ceremony" nor did I particularly like it. I think the biggest problem keeping me from really enjoying the films were the characters...I just didn't care about any of them. And, after a while I found my attention wavering.

When the film begins, Sean (Laurence Harvey) is about to be executed. It seems he was part of a robbery gone bad--and someone was killed during the robbery. However, and this makes no sense at all, some of the folks at the prison are lamenting how sad it is that they're going to kill the guy. However, he isn't executed, as hie brother (Robert Walker, Jr.) arranges for him to escape.

The most interesting thing about this movie is that the leading man, Laurence Harvey, not only starred in it but directed and produced it as well. While this wasn't always a bad thing, I do think Harvey overacted a bit when his character was in prison--and a different director might have gotten a different sort of performance. Additionally, the film suffers because I just didn't care on whit about anyone in the film and at times it seemed a bit lifeless, though the twist at the end was pretty interesting.


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