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Prisoner of Honor (1991)

"Prisoner of Honor" documents the French Dreyfus Affair that saw a French Captain sent to Devils' Island for espionage near the end of the nineteenth century. Richard Dreyfuss plays Colonel... See full summary »

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Ken Russell

Writer:

Ron Hutchinson
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Dreyfuss ... Col. Picquart
Oliver Reed ... Gen. de Boisdeffre
Peter Firth ... Maj. Henry
Jeremy Kemp ... Gen. de Pellieux
Brian Blessed ... Gen. Gonse
Peter Vaughan ... Gen. Mercier
Kenneth Colley ... Capt. Dreyfus
Catherine Neilson Catherine Neilson ... Eloise
Lindsay Anderson ... War Minister
Christopher Ashley Christopher Ashley ... Orator #1
Shauna Baird Shauna Baird ... Henry's wife
David Bamford David Bamford ... Boy prostitute
Duncan Bell Duncan Bell ... Army doctor
John Bennett ... Magistrate
John Cater ... New War Minister
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"Prisoner of Honor" documents the French Dreyfus Affair that saw a French Captain sent to Devils' Island for espionage near the end of the nineteenth century. Richard Dreyfuss plays Colonel Picquart who is given the job of justifying Dreyfus' sentence. Instead, he discovers that Dreyfus, a Jew, was merely a convenient scapegoat for the actions of the true culprit, a member of the French General staff. His attempt to right the wrong sees his military career ended and the famous French author, Emile Zola, found guilty of libel. Written by Anonymous

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The crime of one nation. The courage of one man. (dvd)

Genres:

Biography | Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 November 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Gefangene der Teufelsinsel See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The last Ken Russell directed film to feature Oliver Reed. See more »

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Intelligent film, hidden gem for the right people.
15 July 2006 | by PurgeClerkSee all my reviews

First of all this movie is not for people who expect lots of graphical action and are into effects. However if you like an intelligent plot which works on many different levels and with good acting this is a hidden gem indeed.

Based on the true story of the Dreyfuss-affair which took place late 19th century when a french Captain is sentenced to life-imprisonment on Devil's Island.

I noticed in an earlier comment that someone posted that basically the movie is about getting the Jew..however that is a mistake..it is far more complicated than that. This movie is about the spirit of the army as well as the community in the era which this movie represents.

I found the movie to be one of the most intelligent and true which I have ever seen with a very credible cast who deliver their lines in a very realistic and profound manner. It is a semi-court drama to underline that this is not a movie with a lot of graphical action, and yes, it helps if you are into politics and morals.

You will see Richard Dreyfuss lay down some of his best work in this underrated movie.

If you do go see it, there is unfortunately a very easy to spot continuity error very early in the film. However, don't be intimidated by this, it is the only flaw I have noticed, the rest of the movie is error free.

Although this is not a masterpiece it is very well crafted, and somehow I found it to be out of the ordinary despite that it has a ordinary look to it. It woke up something inside of me, and in a way I found this movie even more emotional arousing than movies like ie. Schindler's List. A very nice touch to the the ending, and the movie will probably leave you with a few things to think about.


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