The MacKintosh Man (1973)

PG  |   |  Thriller  |  25 July 1973 (USA)
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A member of British Intelligence assumes a fictitious criminal identity and allows himself to be caught, imprisoned, and freed in order to infiltrate a spy organization and expose a traitor.



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Malta Police Commissioner


Joseph Rearden takes the fall for a robbery and winds up in the Scrubs. From there he escapes in the company of a convicted spy and is taken to a remote manor at an unknown location where he is kept isolated. He overpowers his guard and flees, but nothing is quite what it seems in this drama of intrigue as Rearden pursues his quarry from Ireland to Malta. Written by Martin H. Booda <>

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Only Mackintosh can save them now - And Mackintosh is dead!




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25 July 1973 (USA)  »

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El emisario de Mackintosh  »

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This movie was made and released about two years after it source novel 'The Freedom Trap' by Desmond Bagley was first published. See more »


When the small plane lands at the airfield, it makes a tire squeal characteristic of landing on tarmac, but it's a grass runway. See more »


Sir George Wheeler: [to Reardon] I like to study the workings of the criminal mind at close quarters whenever I have the opportunity, so please speak out.
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Referenced in The Big Box: The Ritz (2009) See more »

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Work of true craftsmanship
27 April 2007 | by (Finland) – See all my reviews

A very stylish opening with James Mason as holier and smoother than thou top-politician making a high speech instantly gives a feeling of things not being quite how it seems. And quite rightly so, most things in the story have a feeling of being very cool and calculated. And with Huston's experience it is all handled very well. Compared to Huston's many sanctified classics this film has been seen as more of a minor work of his. But it does have things boiling underneath its cool surface and deserves a deeper look and maybe several viewings. This movie is largely not in-your-face action, but gets parts of the mood and style from earlier movie works and periods. For example the music reminds me of 'The Third Man'. And when action and violence finally occur, it gets surprisingly tense and raw in its effect.

The movie crosses interestingly several genres, like a cold war spy thriller and prison movies. Some of the scenes manage to catch something familiar from early Hitchcock, specially the runaway and chase scene on an Irish moor. The locations in London and Ireland with real local people add much to the realism and fascination of the story. Even the car chases use old beaten up vehicles keeping far away from usual top agent style.

Paul Newman as Joseph Rearden does a strong role but the cool center of the story is Dominique Sanda as an almost emotionless beauty whose appearance covers secrets and surprises. The plot holds up very well all the way to the final moments with some nasty surprises. A film worth seeing for Huston fans and others.

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