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Prisoner of Honor (1991)

"Prisoner of Honor" documents the French Dreyfus Affair that saw a French Captain sent to Devils' Island for espionage near the end of the nineteenth century. Richard Dreyfuss plays Colonel... See full summary »

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Col. Picquart
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Gen. de Boisdeffre
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Maj. Henry
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Gen. Gonse
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Gen. Mercier
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Capt. Dreyfus
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Eloise
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Henry's wife
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Boy prostitute
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"Prisoner of Honor" documents the French Dreyfus Affair that saw a French Captain sent to Devils' Island for espionage near the end of the nineteenth century. Richard Dreyfuss plays Colonel Picquart who is given the job of justifying Dreyfus' sentence. Instead, he discovers that Dreyfus, a Jew, was merely a convenient scapegoat for the actions of the true culprit, a member of the French General staff. His attempt to right the wrong sees his military career ended and the famous French author, Emile Zola, found guilty of libel. Written by Anonymous

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The crime of one nation. The courage of one man. (dvd)

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2 November 1991 (USA)  »

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Der Gefangene der Teufelsinsel  »

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Richard Dreyfuss (who plays Col. Picquart in this film) has claimed to be a descendant of Capt. Alfred Dreyfus (played by Kenneth Colley), the main character in this film. See more »

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HBO's one great original movie
27 December 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw this film when it first came out in 1991. It features a theme common to most HBO original movies: prejudice and bigotry directed towards minorities. Unlike nearly all of those other films, however, this one isn't pedantic or cloying; Prisoner of Honor is the one that HBO "got right". Credit must go to the director, and to a fine cast. Richard Dreyfuss gives his best screen performance, bar none. A very entertaining film, and one that might spark an interest in history.


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