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The Prisoner 

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After resigning, a secret agent is abducted and taken to what looks like an idyllic village, but is really a bizarre prison. His warders demand information. He gives them nothing, but only tries to escape.

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Patrick McGoohan
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1968   1967  
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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Patrick McGoohan ...  Number Six / ... 17 episodes, 1967-1968
Angelo Muscat Angelo Muscat ...  The Butler 14 episodes, 1967-1968
Peter Swanwick Peter Swanwick ...  Supervisor / ... 8 episodes, 1967-1968
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"The Prisoner" is a unique piece of television. It addresses issues such as personal identity and freedom, democracy, education, scientific progress, art and technology, while still remaining an entertaining drama series. Over seventeen episodes we witness a war of attrition between the faceless forces behind 'The Village' (a Kafkaesque community somewhere between Butlins and Alcatraz) and its most strong willed inmate, No. 6. who struggles ceaselessly to assert his individuality while plotting to escape from his captors. Written by Stuart Berwick <berws@essex.ac.uk>

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No Man Is Just A Number.

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Drama | Mystery | Sci-Fi

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TV-PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

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English | Russian | German | Romany | Spanish | French | Polish

Release Date:

1 June 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El prisionero See more »

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Runtime:

(17 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Patrick McGoohan's jacket was actually dark brown with piping. Two were used in the series, and were slightly different from each other. See more »

Goofs

The number and knocker on the outside of Number 2's front door change style and position both within and between episodes. See more »

Quotes

Number 6: If I knew where I was sailing from I could calculate where I was sailing to.
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Crazy Credits

The episode "Living in Harmony" does not have opening credits and the series title "The Prisoner" never appears on screen. The episode "Fall Out" also does not have an opening credits sequence, replacing it with a recap of the episode "Once Upon a Time." The series title does appear on-screen, however. See more »

Alternate Versions

When it first aired in French, the episode title "The General" and all references in the dialogue were changed to "Le cerveau" (The Brain), presumably to avoid any reference to General De Gaulle (then the country's leader) See more »

Connections

Referenced in High Fidelity (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Main Title Theme
Written by Ron Grainer
Performed by Ron Grainer Orchestra
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Still unique, alas.
2 July 2000 | by roarshockSee all my reviews

Unfortunately, when you see see The Prisoner for the first time at an early age it tends to spoil television for the rest of your life. I was thirteen when I saw it in 1968, and for more than thirty years I keep hoping to find TV shows (and movies and books) that will give me the same rush of seeing vast, unexpected and unexplained vistas for the very first time. Too, too rare. Virtually non-existent. For The Prisoner didn't just present a new 'twist' (rare enough), it was a whole new world, with a wildly different culture, environment and rules, only gradually comprehended, if at all. And yet, strangely, it is more like the "real" world than any other television program, even the news, because The Prisoner doesn't explain itself, it just happens. If YOU want to know what's going on, figure it out for yourself... if you can. You might be right, you might be wrong, but if simplistic explanations are your comfort, you almost certainly WILL be wrong. Just like explorers of old. Just like real life. Though with the increasing homogenization of the world, real life is becoming, alas, more like television.


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