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The MacKintosh Man (1973)

PG | | Thriller | 8 November 1973 (UK)
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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 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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Only Mackintosh can save them now - And Mackintosh is dead! See more »

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Thriller

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Trivia

Paul Newman, an American actor, played a British Agent who impersonated an Australian thief to get close to a Russian spy, and finally they end up in Ireland, where he's given a fake Canadian passport by French actress Dominique Sanda. See more »

Goofs

In the first office meeting, the telephone handset cord switches from the left to right side of the cradle between shots. See more »

Quotes

Buster: [offering Reardon a cigarette from his mouth in the prison yard] Here you are.
Buster: [Reardon hesitates] Take it. I've only got syph.
Joseph Rearden: What're you in for?
Buster: Mopery.
Buster: [Reardon turns around] Exposing yourself to a blind woman.
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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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Well worth a look
23 June 2006 | by omcgSee all my reviews

This was one of the first films to feature music played almost all the way through, and that changes the experience of this movie. The viewer is taken for a rolling, continuous ride through an imprisonment and escape, the planning of the exercise, and the due consideration each man must make of another he is bringing into his confidences. The music lulls a part of the viewer's psyche to sleep. It is an odd pairing of music and scenes of harsh realities and cruelties. As this soundtrack rolls on, the film lays out beautiful locations in London, the Irish countryside, and Malta. The audience is taken to back alleys and out-of-the-way places, places where the locals know about but not tourists. The spy game is conducted with some discretion.

It contains a few elements common to movies, but somehow they seem both fresh and not overplayed. Paul Newman's character is left to fend for himself, and at one point to try to convince the authorities of the veracity of his accusations, and of his own righteousness. When this fails, he has only one option, and he takes it when he has an opportunity.

Two of the masters of 20th century film came together to create an underemphasized but satisfying thriller that requires both attention and a consideration of morality to be fully enjoyed. It's interesting to note that almost all of Paul Newman's roles contain a certain Newman morality (probably similar to the actor's own) concerning the imperfection of the world, the existence of bad people in it, and the somewhat acceptance, somewhat rejection of this world's conventions by Newman's characters.


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8 November 1973 (UK) See more »

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Running Blind See more »

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County Galway, Ireland See more »

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Newman-Foreman Company See more »
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