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The Spanish Prisoner (1997)

An employee of a corporation with a lucrative secret process is tempted to betray it. But there's more to it than that.

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Richard L. Friedman ...
Businessman
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Jerry Graff ...
Businessman
G. Roy Levin ...
Businessman
Hilary Hinckle ...
Resort Concierge
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Christopher Kaldor ...
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Gary McDonald ...
Ticket Agent
Mike Robinson ...
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Olivia Tecosky ...
Flight Attendant
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Joe Ross is a rising star. He's designed a process that will make his company millions. He wants a bonus for this work, but fears his boss will stiff him. He meets a wealthy stranger, Jimmy Dell, and they strike up an off-kilter friendship. When the boss seems to set Ross up to get nothing, he seeks Dell's help. Then he learns Dell is not what he seems, so he contacts an FBI agent through his tightly-wound assistant, Susan Ricci. The FBI asks him to help entrap Dell. He accepts, a sting is arranged, but suddenly it's he who's been conned out of the process and framed for murder. Bewildered and desperate, he enlists Susan's aid to prove his innocence. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Rated PG for thematic elements including tension, some violent images and brief language | See all certifications »
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15 May 1998 (USA)  »

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La prisonnière espagnole  »

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$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$124,011, 5 April 1998, Limited Release

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$10,200,000
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Mamet's real-life wife since 1991, Rebecca Pidgeon, portrayed the disingenuously ingenuous Susan. See more »

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When kissing Joe passionately at the Boston airport, Susan's hand is grasping the back of Joe's head. As the shot shifts, her hand has dropped to his shoulder, but too quickly for her to have moved it. See more »

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Airport Security: What is the purpose of your trip, please?
Joe Ross: Business.
Airport Security: Thank you and welcome to St. Estéphe.
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I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now
Written by Frank R. Adams (as Frank Adams), William M. Hough (as Will Hough),
Joseph E. Howard (as Joseph Howard) and Harold Orlob
Arranged by Play-Rite Music Rolls, Inc.
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Plays out like a complex puzzle
21 April 2000 | by See all my reviews

It's hard to say that 'The Spanish Prisoner' is the best film of the year, because it quite obviously isn't. It's more like a filmed play in that many of it's locations, especially those in the Carribean, look positively fake. What can be said, is that the film is the year's most complex and interesting film, and one of the best.

The script by acclaimed playwright David Mamet (Who also wrote 1997's The Edge) is stunning, excellent with a perfect, credible plot. It's a wonder how anyone could even come up with such a great story.

The acting is also very good. Campbell Scott, who we have never and likely never will see much of is well cast and delivers the flick's best performance. A-List star Steve Martin skips the big bucks for a good script, and it's a wonder he ended up with this project in the first place, an unlikely but excellent career move. The rest of the cast is unremarkable when put up against Scott and Martin, but still good on their own right.

If you have a liking for complicated, though-provoking puzzle-like films 'The Spanish Prisoner' is highly, highly recommended, as is the similar, more accessible 'The Game'. Very intriguing and absorbing 'The Spanish Prisoner' is a must see.


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