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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

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

British rock band Iron Maiden did two songs based on The Prisoner (1967). One was "The Prisoner" on the album "Number of the Beast", the other song was "Back in the Village" on the album "Powerslave". Also, on "Number of the Beast" in the inside cover the band said "Special thanks to Patrick McGoohan for The Prisoner intro and the great TV series." A later Maiden album "Dance of Death" takes its inspiration from Bergman's "The Seventh Seal" rather than "Dance of the Dead". See more »

Goofs

In the opening sequence, the letter X is typed across the prisoner's photograph, but the typewriter typebar for the letter H is moving. The typebar for the letter X is at the far right of the frame. See more »

Quotes

Number 6: I also have a problem. I'm not sure which side runs this Village.
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Crazy Credits

Portmeirion, Wales is not identified as the location for filming in all but the final episode. Instead the closing credits in these episodes simply say "Filmed on location." 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

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Soundtracks

Main Title Theme
Written by Ron Grainer
Performed by Ron Grainer Orchestra
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Astonishingly Original and Intelligent
14 March 2000 | by rlcsljoSee all my reviews

When I saw the first episode of this series, my jaw dropped in amazement. Here was a TV series that was entertaining and actually made you think. Nothing was ever what it appeared, no one had a real name, you never knew who was the good guy or the bad guy (or if they were one in the same!). The "final" episode was what could only be described as PSYCHEDELIC.

This TV series was, and still is, way ahead of its time.

As a side note, there is a "lost" first episode that is wildly different than the first one generally aired that explains some of the symbolism used in the series.

I hope the movie remake is made and distributed.


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