The Spanish Prisoner (1997)



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Movie Info

A gentler, kinder David Mamet ventures into Hitchcock country with this amiable brain-twister about an electronics whiz whose invention gets him caught up in a world of corruption, intrigue and murder.

Rating: PG (For thematic elements including tension, some violent images and brief language)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: David Mamet
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 6, 1998
Sony Pictures Classics



as Susan Ricci

as Jimmy Dell

as Klein

as George Lang

as Pat McCune

as FBI Team Leader

as Det. Luzzio

as Businessman

as Businessman

as Resort Concierge

as Resort Manager

as Dell's Bodyguard

as Ticket Agent

as Security Person

as Flight Attendant

as Bookstore Woman

as Bookbinder

as Secretary

as Receptionist

as Antique Car Dealer

as Car Dealer's Assista...

as Restaurant Manager

as Maitre D'

as Lawyer

as FBI Agent Levy

as Sanitation Man

as FBI Sniper

as Fingerprint Technici...

as Policewoman

as Property Clerk

as Airline Employee

as Airport Mother

as Airport Child

as Timid Man

as Airport Security

as United States Marsha...

as United States Marsha...

as Japanese Tour Guide
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Critic Reviews for The Spanish Prisoner

All Critics (63) | Top Critics (14)

David Mamet has a penchant for sleight-of-hand thrillers, and The Spanish Prisoner is his craftiest to date.

Full Review… | November 20, 2008
Top Critic

The Spanish Prisoner shares with Glengarry Glen Ross a vision of life as a cosmic con game in which the victimizers feed the fantasies of the victims.

Full Review… | April 27, 2007
New York Observer
Top Critic

David Mamet's most consistently enjoyable film to date is a cool, typically clever con-trick drama packed with deliciously inventive twists that get ever more convoluted and unnerving as the plot proceeds.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

There's something fresh, even restorative, in watching an American studio movie that doesn't treat the movie-going audience like a bunch of gullible marks.

Full Review… | April 12, 2002
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Mamet brings more than a decade's worth of filmmaking experience to his latest project, and his skill as a director has improved considerably.

Full Review… | February 14, 2001
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

One exceedingly well-crafted piece of manipulation that keeps the audience strung along with every intricate turn of the plot.

Full Review… | April 1, 2009

Audience Reviews for The Spanish Prisoner

Good twisty drama.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer


Mamet takes a page from the Hitchcock hand book.

Ken Stachnik

Super Reviewer


Mamet plays to be Hitchcock like he did in his first feature. The results are pretty good, a fine and engaging thriller that unravels its clues patiently and keeps you guessing what is going to happen next.

Pierluigi Puccini

Super Reviewer

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