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The MacKintosh Man (1973)

PG | | Thriller | 8 November 1973 (UK)
A member of British Intelligence assumes a fictitious criminal identity and allows himself to be caught, imprisoned, and freed in order to infiltrate a spy organization and expose a traitor.

Director:

John Huston

Writers:

Walter Hill (screenplay), Desmond Bagley (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Newman ... Rearden
Dominique Sanda ... Mrs. Smith
James Mason ... Sir George Wheeler
Harry Andrews ... Mackintosh
Ian Bannen ... Slade
Michael Hordern ... Brown
Nigel Patrick ... Soames-Trevelyan
Peter Vaughan ... Brunskill
Roland Culver ... Judge
Percy Herbert ... Taafe
Robert Lang ... Jack Summers
Jenny Runacre ... Gerda
John Bindon ... Buster
Hugh Manning Hugh Manning ... Prosecutor
Wolfe Morris ... Malta Police Commissioner
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Storyline

Joseph Rearden (Paul Newman) takes the fall for a robbery and winds up in the Scrubs. From there, he escapes in the company of a convicted spy and is taken to a remote manor at an unknown location where he is kept isolated. He overpowers his guard and flees, but nothing is quite what it seems in this drama of intrigue as Rearden pursues his quarry from Ireland to Malta. Written by Martin H. Booda <booda@datasync.com>

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Language:

English

Release Date:

8 November 1973 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Running Blind See more »

Filming Locations:

County Galway, Ireland See more »

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Newman-Foreman Company See more »
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Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This movie was released two years after its source novel "The Freedom Trap" by Desmond Bagley was published. See more »

Goofs

There is a scene with Paul Newman swimming in a harbor in Malta. They obviously had no shot with him going back toward the yacht he had just escaped as they needed, so they ran a segment of film backwards. (His movement and wake left in the water are dead giveaways.) See more »

Quotes

Sir George Wheeler: Even the best of politicians have to compromise sometimes.
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Alternate Versions

UK theatrical release was cut for violence to secure an AA rating with heavy edits to the beating of Reardon and shots of Gerda being kicked and hit with a gun. All later video and DVD releases are uncut and 15 rated. See more »

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Referenced in No Country for Old Men (2007) See more »

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stale construction
5 November 2017 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

British agent Joseph Rearden (Paul Newman) meets his superior MacKintosh and Mrs Smith who direct him to steal diamonds from mysterious mail deliveries. He gets arrested after an anonymous tip and sentenced to 20 years in prison. He joins Slade, a KGB mole in British intelligence, in a prison escape. They are drugged and brought to a vast secret organization. Meanwhile, politician Sir George Wheeler (James Mason) rails against the government and MacKintosh informs him of infiltrating the escape organization.

The first act is rather stale. John Huston directs the material in a standard manner. The trial is boring. It would have worked much better to start with Newman arriving in prison. His intelligence background should be revealed much later as a shocking twist. The pacing and plotting is rather slow and methodical. It is competently made and it has the great Paul Newman. It's well into the second half when they finally have a car chase. Otherwise, the drama is rather limited.


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