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John D. Lamond
Also known as FREELANCE - excellent example of McShane's early work
CON MAN was the title this film was given when it was released in the USA on video in 1992. The film's original name when released theatrically in 1971 was FREELANCE. Ian Mcshane was only 28 years old during filming. In virtually ever scene, highly engaging, and charismatic, McShane carries the film with great skill. This film is a good example of his early talent. Anyone mainly familiar with his work in LOVEJOY or DEADWOOD would be surprised to see him at such a young and attractive stage of his life. The film is also recommended for its background of the West End of London during the late 60's-early 70's era. CON MAN is a touching little character study with a bit of intrigue and suspense thrown in, and a nice twist at the end (no spoilers here). I consider it one of McShane's best starring roles and wish he had been cast in more movies like this.
Trivia for fans: In one scene McShane's character, 'Robin Mitchell', is asked to sign his name to a piece of paper. He holds it up against a window several feet from the camera, and yet anyone familiar with McShane's unique signature can see that he proceeds to write "Ian Mcshane" on the dotted line.
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