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The MacKintosh Man (1973)

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 Wolfe Morris ... Malta Police Commissioner
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Storyline

Joseph Rearden 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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Plot Keywords:

traitor | diamonds | spy | malta | ireland | See All (104) »

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Whoever he is he's not what you think. See more »

Genres:

Thriller

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 November 1973 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Running Blind See more »

Filming Locations:

County Galway, Ireland See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Newman-Foreman Company See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

"The Mackintosh Man" was the last movie which John Huston filmed in Ireland. Although The Dead (1987) would have some Irish location work, the majority of it was filmed in a Californian studio, and the Dublin scenes were filmed by the second unit crew. Huston was sadly too ill to make the journey himself. 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 »

Connections

Referenced in Magnum Cop (1978) See more »

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John Huston, Walter Hill, and Paul Newman go to Great Britain
19 March 2009 | by RanchoTuVuSee all my reviews

British society is under assault according to the opening scene which has James Mason as a Conservative MP addressing Parliament about social decay. Of course when it comes down to it, he's about as corrupt as they come, a fact suspected by the British police, who orchestrate a plan to infiltrate a criminal gang by getting one of their own (Paul Newman) sent to prison. Hollywood talent of writer Walter Hill (great 70's and 80's director), John Huston and Paul Newman mingles with British sensibilities and a really nice soundtrack to create a whole that exceeds the parts. The story starts take off at about the middle of the film, out somewhere on the Irish moors with Newman having infiltrated the criminal gang who had sprung him out of prison. The viewer is lulled into thinking this is a lighter film than it actually turns out to be, which has some surprisingly tough parts, especially the ending.


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