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The Spanish Prisoner (1997)

PG  |   |  Drama, Mystery, Thriller  |  7 January 1998 (France)
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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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Dell's Bodyguard
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Charlotte Potok ...
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Storyline

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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7 January 1998 (France)  »

Also Known As:

La prisonnière espagnole  »

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Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£78,903 (UK) (28 August 1998)

Gross:

£417,040 (UK) (25 September 1998)
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George Lang's line "Beware of all enterprises which require new clothes" is by Thoreau ("Economy" chapter of Walden). See more »

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After he supposedly kills his friend in his apartment, he has blood on his hands. The blood dries. When he is on the subway, he scratches his nose and his hand is clean. In the next shot, his hand has blood on it again. See more »

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[first lines]
Airport Security: What is the purpose of your trip, please?
Joe Ross: Business.
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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),
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Engaging and interesting - story and performances
31 October 2006 | by (Tulsa OK) – See all my reviews

I thoroughly enjoy movies which leave some things unanswered at the end, and where every minute detail is not spelled-out by a line of dialog, a calendar pictured on-screen, or peripheral scenes inserted, which are there only to amplify some detail otherwise unexplained. This movie (thankfully) contains none of these, and they aren't a part of Mamet's forte. What the "process" is, specifically, couldn't matter less.

This is a serpentine story, with one enigma after another, also a Mamet trait. It is completely engrossing, and the performances of the four primary leads {Campbell Scott, Rebecca Pidgeon, Ben Gazzara, and Steve Martin (superb in an uncharacteristic, duplicitous role)} are without fault. Scott sometimes looks like he could use a shot of caffeine, but that is pretty much his style, and is consistent with this character.

Pidgeon is Mamet's wife, and performs admirably. He either marries good actresses, or excels in getting them to perform well (probably a bit of each). If you haven't seen "House of Games," with his previous wife, Lindsay Crouse, and Joe Mantegna - be certain to do so.

For me, any Mamet film would get at least 7 or 8 stars, sight- unseen. This one (like most of his) is a "10." Also, like Woody Allen film's, and more recently, those by Christopher Guest and Eugene Levy, Mamet's always employ many from a recurring, talented, cohesive ensemble of actors.


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