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Two legendary actors at the height of their careers face off in a film so controversial that both the Cannes and Venice Film Festivals banned it. Following World War II, a strong-willed cardinal (Academy Award winner Alec Guinness, 1957 Best Actor, THE BRIDGE OVER RIVER KWAI) is arrested as a traitor to the state. His will is strong, but so is that of his inquisitor (Jack Hawkins), a seemingly benevolent man who uses oily charm to lure the cardinal into speaking freely. The interrogator eventually resorts to false evidence, dirty tricks and cruelty. Months pass, and the cardinal's spirit seems impossible to break. As the interviews become increasingly hostile, the captors turn to the last bastion of the immorally powerful: torture. Eventually the cardinal is exploited and destroyed. A tale for all times, all beliefs, and once witnessed, impossible to forget. THE PRISONER is a bold example of corruption, power and faith.
A chilling reminder of mid-20th century Eastern Europe, with it's ruthless twisted violence of battling ideologies and it's hopelessness. Read morePublished 3 months ago by S. V. Nicassio
I didn’t realize that this was such a propaganda film. This film makes me not trust Doctors and professionals. Thank You.Published on May 23, 2013 by VIDA
I have nothing more to say. The heading says it all, and I stand behind it. I am writing this part only to meet the prerequisites of style require to submit reviewsPublished on April 21, 2013 by D. Hill
Anything with Sir Alec Guiness is going to be good. I find his interpretations of Catholic Heirarchy really accurate: they are men before they are men of God. Read morePublished on March 8, 2013 by M. wheat
This is a wonderful film with superb performances by both Guinness and Hawkins.
Set in an unnamed eastern European communist state post WWII, and obviously patterned on... Read more