The Prisoner (1967) 1 Season 1967

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Season 1
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1. Arrival TV-NR

After handing in his resignation, a secret agent heads off to his London home to pack for a holiday. He begins to feel faint and ends up unconscious. He awakes not in his house but in a strange village. He starts to explore but soon realises that in "The Village" all things such as 'phone calls, maps and taxis are "only local". He is shown around the Village by Number Two who explains that the secret agent is Number Six, that the information in his head is priceless and asks why he resigned. Number Six realses that he is, in fact, a prisoner.

Starring:
Patrick McGoohan, Virginia Maskell
Runtime:
49 minutes
Original air date:
October 1, 1967

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Season 1

Product Details

Genres Science Fiction, Drama, Action, Mystery
Director Don Chaffey
Starring Patrick McGoohan, Virginia Maskell
Supporting actors Guy Doleman, Paul Eddington, George Baker, Angelo Muscat, Barbara Yu Ling, Stephanie Randall, Jack Allen, Fabia Drake, Denis Shaw, Oliver MacGreevy, Frederick Piper, Patsy Smart, Christopher Benjamin, Peter Swanwick, David Garfield, Peter Brace, Keith Peacock, Fenella Fielding
Season year 1968
Network Granada
Producers Patrick McGoohan, David Tomblin
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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Watched all 17 in a row...still thinking about it...non-stop!
Gary Neuzil
Even though this was produced in 1967, the overall themes of individualism Vs. collectivism, and freedom hold up very well today.
Eric J. Smith
Do we as citizens ever really even give these concepts much thought?
Book & Music thief, from HI

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Book & Music thief, from HI on September 14, 2014
The British "Prisoner" show from the Late 1960's starring the super-talented Patrick McGoohan represented the very definition & epitome of 'intriguing' and 'enigmatic' television (seriously, if Kubrick had produced a TV scenario - it might have looked something like this!)

An authentically Orwellian vision of a seemingly 'artificial' community (on a secluded Island) known as the 'Village' housing what appear to be a cloistering of former secret-spies/ Ex-espionage agents that have 'resigned' for unknown reasons (probably from the British M-I-6, but perhaps also CIA, etc.) On it's surface the 'Village' looks pleasant and unthreatening (almost like a Club Med resort!), but there is a definitely sinister undercurrent = as each 'member' is referred to as simply a number (no names necessary), Patrick McGoohan's character is always referred to as 'number 6' and the relentless interrogator number 2 is incessantly after valuable 'information' (primarily about exactly why number 6 'resigned' in the first-place = was he paid-off by a foreign government, etc.)

Now, of course the allegorical nature of this cutting-edge TV show went way beyond the literal scenario of secret-service organizations interrogating one of their own ==> it really went to the heart of what constitutes genuine 'individuality' and the concept of freedom itself. Do we as citizens ever really even give these concepts much thought? Or are we content (or perhaps just unaware) that modern societies (especially highly-technologically oriented ones), can very easily, and even quite naturally begin to view all citizens in purely numerical (highly impersonal) coldly-calculated terms.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Book A. Holic on August 15, 2013
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As a child I watched this program and was enthralled ! When I got my Amazon instant viewer upload it was my first search. Oh JOY ! Just the theme alone delights me with anticipation. The program is even more captivating today. As we live in a world where huge secrets are kept by governments and we often don't know the good guys from the bad guys.
Growing up we had only a B&W set. I wasn't even aware it WAS IN COLOR! Another delight. The quality is just excellent.
I have NEVER been unable to find this, not on beta, not on VHS,not on DVD, not on Blue Ray... but yet here Amazon has it. Thank you from the bottom of little cult following heart!

This is a wonderful series about a spy who tries to quit his job and wakes up in a weird place called the village. A place neither he or we fully understand.
The best single word for this is "trippy". There is also no better example of the pop movement of the 1960's than this.
Try one episode and see if you're not hooked!
PS Patrick is one hottie!
And thank you UK for giving the world so very many fine programs.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Robert W. on February 28, 2014
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There will not be another Patrick McGoohan anytime soon, if ever. While the limited acting of Sean Connery is oohed and aahed at by millions, real acting and actors are ignored.

Patrick McGoohan was one such actor who was able to fight the bad guys while keeping his pants on, unlike 007. McGoohan brought morals and coolness to the screen in Danger Man and the somewhat veiled 'Prisoner' spin-off. He never got enough credit and it is so sad to see him pop up in the odd episode of Columbo while other actors playing spies could make hundreds of awful movies and the audience would ooh and aah because once upon a time they made big budget movies with bikini-clad bimbos to boot.

This Prisoner series is one example of the many underrated and outstanding features that used to be on TV and the cinema when control was in the hands of the producer and when REAL actors were given latitude to do as they wished in their stories. Even a bad McGoohan movie or TV episode is generally above average at worst.

Unfortunately, after working so hard for so long on Danger Man and finally the Prisoner, McGoohan was tired. He had offered 7 episodes for the Prisoner series, but the executives at CBS would not accept any fewer than 17. These were the same geniuses who let Gunsmoke or 'Gun Law' run on forever as the 1-hour soap opera it was and bumped off Gilligan's Island that same year. Consequently, as good as the Prisoner was, it would have been better had McGoohan's offer of 7 episodes been offered. Due to burnout and overwork, the ending was somewhat nonsensical and out of line with the rest of the series. However, it was still outstanding and light years ahead of the remake of the same name in or around 2009.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Patti Kish on March 10, 2009
I have the entire series on VHS. Found the series here at Amazon. The clarity is awesome and even if it, "seems colorized", there is a BIG SMILE upon my face just to see Patrick McGoohan back in his prime.

Thanks for making it possible for me to relive my younger years with my favorite actor.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Richard L. Thorkildson on August 18, 2013
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This scenario of the Village and thought control is most likely more true today than when the series was created.
I do enjoy the old tech and how is is used....
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