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Written and directed by David Mamet (House of Games), THE SPANISH PRISONER is a complex and compelling tale featuring a star-studded cast. Joe Ross (Campbell Scott, Singles) is in the Caribbean, pitching a million-dollar idea to his company. However, Joe is afraid that his boss, Mr. Klein (Ben Gazzara, Anatomy of a Murder), will not reward him for his work. In walks Jimmy Dell (Steve Martin, L.A. Story), a mysterious businessman who is willing to help Joe after he gets scammed by Klein. But all is not what it seems, leading Joe, his assistant (Rebecca Pidgeon, Red), and an FBI agent (Felicity Huffman, TV’s “Desperate Housewives”) into a web of deceit and murder.
Campbell Scott plays a green young technocrat who invents a secret and highly successful high-tech process that, it appears, most of the free world would like to get their hands on. His own company may not be dealing with him fairly, and competitors are lurking around every street corner and kiddie carousel in New York (not to mention Caribbean hideaways) hoping to steal, cajole, or trick him out of the formula. The plot is as full of switchbacks as a mountain highway, and the delights are in watching it unfold around Scott, who is not so much of a naif that he doesn't catch on that not only his formula, but his life, are in dire danger. Steve Martin is consummately assured--and scary as hell--as a wealthy big shot determined to come out on top. David Mamet's script is refreshingly free from his trademark mannerisms; it's his most satisfying film since 1987's House of Games. --Anne Hurley
This is one of my absolute favorite movies. Needed to upgrade to DVD from VHS.Published 2 months ago by Joyce M Dallas
Absurd packaging (unattached cover to video cassette) containing a mis-named "Choice Collection" version of an attenuated and inadequate disc format (no menu, no subtitles,... Read morePublished 4 months ago by RJ P
When Scott fails to get his company's assurances that he will be duly compensated for his work, he falls for the advice of the dapper Martin, who knows how corporations exploit... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Susman
While this wasn't a perfect film, it had a few flaws, the storyline, while moving slow but steady, was intriguing and fun to watch unfolding. Read morePublished 8 months ago by dhart
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Sep 18, 2010 by Jonathan | See all 4 posts