The Mark

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Guy Green's social drama stars Stuart Whitman as the title character, a man whose unhealthy childhood has left him bewildered by sex. After an affair with a woman his own age ends badly, Mark finds himself increasingly drawn to young girls, who he feels do not pose the same threat of emasculation that adult women do. When he is charged with kidnapping a ten-year-old girl in order to molest her, his conviction results in a three-year prison sentence. With the help of Dr. Edmund McNally (Rod Steiger), a prison psychiatrist, Mark comes to terms with his urges and is released from prison a changed man. Soon after, he gets engaged to Ruth Leighton (Maria Schell), a widow with a ten-year-old daughter of her own. After Mark is seen in the vicinity of a recent molestation incident, a journalist digs into his background and his past is brought to light, destroying not only his relationship with Ruth but his fledgling career as well. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi


Maria Schell
as Mrs. Ruth Leighton
Stuart Whitman
as Jim Fuller
Rod Steiger
as Dr. Edmund McNally
Donald Houston
as Austin Reporter
Donald Wolfit
as Mr. Clive
Maurice Denham
as Arnold Cartwright
Bill Foley
as Mr. Fuller
Anne Monaghan
as Mrs. Fuller
John Welsh
as 1st Officer
Brenda De Banzie
as Mrs. Cartwright
Russell Napier
as 2nd Officer
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Critic Reviews for The Mark

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  • Best-known for Stuart Whitman Oscar-nominated turn, this b/w film concerns a man who, after serving time in prison for molesting a girl, starts a new life with the aid of a kind psychiatrist (Rod Steiger) and a sensitive woman (Maria Schell).

    Nov 5, 2004 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • The Mark is a well-made and well-acted film that suffers from a bloated length, dreary pacing and essentially unpleasant subject matter.

    Feb 25, 2002 | Rating: 64/100

Audience Reviews for The Mark

  • Feb 24, 2014
    Good work by Whitman in a difficult role.
    jay n Super Reviewer
  • Dec 12, 2013
    This is quite the tale with a level of sophistication that was only starting to emerge during the sixties. The topics are taboo and the acting required to pull something like this off are significant. I think Stuart Whitman does it well.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Apr 03, 2008
    How could this movie be bad, its got Rod Steiger in it, after all he was born in the same town as I and the same Day, just not the same year, thank God. Movie show's how people really think about you no matter what you have gone through. Stereo Type. Its in Black & White and Ole School but a hell of a film. My opion this should be part of the Criterion Collection.
    Bruce B Super Reviewer

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