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The Insurance Man 

Franz, a young man, works in a dye factory in Prague. One day he notices a skin-rash, like eczema, growing on his hands. All attempts to treat it with ointment fail, and the rash gradually ... See full summary »

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Franz (old)
Alan MacNaughtan ...
Doctor (as Alan MacNaughton)
Robert Hines ...
Franz (young)
Diana Rayworth ...
Landlady
Teddy Turner ...
Old Man in Dyeworks
Phil Hearne ...
Workmen
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Workmen
Ronan Wilmot ...
Factory Doctor
Jill Frudd ...
Nurse
Katy Behean ...
Beatrice
C.J. Allen ...
Undermanager (as C. J. Allen)
Fred Gaunt ...
Foreman
Tessa Wojtczak ...
Christina
Johnny Allen ...
Christina's Father
Margo Stanley ...
Christina's Mother
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Franz, a young man, works in a dye factory in Prague. One day he notices a skin-rash, like eczema, growing on his hands. All attempts to treat it with ointment fail, and the rash gradually spreads over his body. After complaining to the management he is laid off work; his relationship with his fiancee is affected. In an attempt to get compensation from his former employers he goes to insurance firm Assicurazion Generali, where he encounters an enigmatic clerk called Kafka. Written by Peter Brynmor Roberts

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22 February 1986 (UK)  »

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Terrific! A Kafka-esque classic.
5 June 2000 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The title does this marvelous film an injustice. A man, trying to find medical and financial aid towards a work-related illness, finds only callousness and insensitivity from those agencies to whom he appeals. This is a totally-absorbing dive (with humor!) into a nightmare realm of frustration, bureaucracy and buck-passing that will entertain, scare, and ultimately awe you with the knockout punch within its final moments. Take the phone off the hook, cancel your appointments, and delve into "The Insurance Man". It's that kind of film.

I was surprised to see less than five votes on this site because, in the later 1980s, "The Insurance Man" was seen rather frequently on the "arts" channels. I hope it becomes widely-known again. Highly recommended for adults, and a rare '10' from me.


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