The Prisoner: Season 1, Episode 11

A Change of Mind (31 Dec. 1967)

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After a brawl Number 6 is declared "unmutual" and is made to think that he has undergone "instant social treatment."

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Angela Browne ...
John Sharp ...
Number Two (as John Sharpe)
Angelo Muscat ...
George Pravda ...
Doctor
Kathleen Breck ...
Peter Swanwick ...
Thomas Heathcote ...
Lobo Man
Bartlett Mullins ...
Committee Chairman
Michael Miller ...
Number Ninety-Three
Joseph Cuby ...
1st Member of Social Group
Michael Chow ...
2nd Member of Social Group
June Ellis ...
Number Forty-Eight
John Hamblin ...
1st Woodland Man
Michael Billington ...
2nd Woodland Man
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Whilst exercising in the woods Number Six is accused of being 'unmutual' for not using the village gym and a fight breaks out. He is summoned before the village committee who decide he must undergo instant social training, though he is not actually given any treatment but led to believe he has. On discovering this he hypnotizes the village doctor, Number Eighty-Six, into declaring that Number Two is 'unmutual' and Number Two is then pursued by the crowd. Written by don @ minifie-1

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The social group scene is evocative of the self-criticism that Chinese people had to undergo in Chairman Zedong Mao's regime. Notably an Asian prisoner accuses him of being "reactionary" (a left wing criticism), whereas another accuses him of being a "rebel" (possibly a right wing criticism). The term "unmutual" was also supposedly used during the Joseph McCarthyite witch hunts for one involved in "un-American activities". Thus this episode can be seen as criticising both far left and far right politics. The furious mob which picks up and humiliates No 6 is similar to the Cultural Revolution, which was in full swing when The Prisoner (1967) was written and produced. See more »

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In the (brief) long distance shots of No 2 (John Sharp) and No 6 "confessing", they are both clearly played by doubles. John Sharp's double is slimmer, and has more hair than he does. The same double can be seen being chased up the street in the location work. See more »

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2nd Woodland Man: [to Number Six] Training for the big break?
1st Woodland Man: Why not use the Village Gymnasium?
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Mutual Unmutual
20 February 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

As Number Six attempts to have some privacy, particularly in the woods where he has created a makeshift gym, he is attacked by some young thugs who see him as "unmutual," against the culture in which he is embedded. They attack him and are soundly beaten, but their complaints lead to a tribunal (which reminds on of 1984 where thoughts are repressed and a simple confession of your inferiority is required). Since Number Six rejects this totally, he is sent to a hospital to have a kind of lobotomy. The problem for the authorities is that they are still charged with finding out why our hero resigned as a spy. This is paramount in their every day efforts. So, instead of actually performing the procedure, they make him think they did. A beautiful young doctor is in the middle of this. She plays cat and mouse with Number Six but doesn't have the wherewithal to combat him. His training again comes into play but the process is why one should watch this episode. He is a worthy adversary.


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