The MacKintosh Man (1973)
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Directed by John Huston and based on a screenplay by Walter Hill, this espionage thriller focuses on a British secret agent named Reardon (Paul Newman). Reardon is trying to infiltrate the organization of a communist spy (James Mason) by posing as a diamond thief.
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Critic Reviews for The MacKintosh Man
The screenplay by Walter Hill... has very little to do with character and motivation and everything to do with the incidents and the mechanics of the spy trade.
The movie is irritating in its refusal to make things clear; if spy movies are going to work like clockwork, they have to be put together with some care.
This is by no means a bad film, but it should have been better considering the names involved.
Audience Reviews for The MacKintosh Man
A "British" intelligence agent sniffs out corruption undercover.
John Huston's thriller is slow moving and almost blithe in its action, acting, and direction. it is almost as though all involved - audience and filmmakers - know what is going to happen, so there is little commitment in the execution. What is more, Paul Newman's "British" accent is so inconsistent that it sounds dubbed in some parts and like Paul Newman in others. There's no real plot-based need for him to be British, but like I said, it doesn't seem like much thought was put in to the story and acting.
Overall, this isn't a terrible film, but it certainly doesn't radically engage.
It's sort've odd to hear Paul Newman with an Australian accent and not his usual charismatic self, but this is still a very interesting career move for him and it just shows his wide range. I really like the prison/escape scenes and just the overall feel. Even though it doesn't become more than a semi-James Bond, it's fun enough to stand on its own.
Considering the talent involved a real disappointment.
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