The Spanish Prisoner (1997)



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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.
PG (For thematic elements including tension, some violent images and brief language)
Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Sony Pictures Classics

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Campbell Scott
as Joe Ross
Rebecca Pidgeon
as Susan Ricci
Steve Martin
as Jimmy Dell
Ben Gazzara
as Klein
Ricky Jay
as George Lang
Felicity Huffman
as Pat McCune
Ed O'Neill
as FBI Team Leader
Lionel Mark Smith
as Det. Jones
Jim Frangone
as Det. Luzzio
Richard L. Freidman
as Businessman
Jerry Graff
as Businessman
G. Roy Levin
as Businessman
Hilary Hinckle
as Resort Concierge
David Pittu
as Resort Manager
Christopher Kaldor
as Dell's Bodyguard
Gary McDonald
as Ticket Agent
Michael Robinson
as Security Person
Olivia Tecosky
as Flight Attendant
Charlotte Potok
as Bookstore Woman
Paul Butler
as Bookbinder
J.J. Johnston
as Doorman
Emily Weisberg
as Secretary
Stephanie Ross
as Receptionist
Elliot Cuker
as Antique Car Dealer
Scott Zigler
as Car Dealer's Assistant
Steven Hawley
as Restaurant Manager
Jordan Lage
as Maitre D'
Jonathan Katz
as Lawyer
Paul Dunn III
as Jailer
Tony Mamet
as FBI Agent Levy
Jack Wallace
as Sanitation Man
Clark Gregg
as FBI Sniper
Allen Soule
as Fingerprint Technician
Mary B. McCann
as Policewoman
Gustave Johnson
as Property Clerk
Harriet Voyt
as Airline Employee
Kristin Reddick
as Airport Mother
Andrew Murphy
as Airport Child
Jeremy Geidt
as Timid Man
Neil Pepe
as Airport Security
Charles Stransky
as Deckhand
Takeo Matsushita
as United States Marshal
Seiko Yoshida
as United States Marshal
Mimi Jo Katano
as Japanese Tour Guide
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Critic Reviews for The Spanish Prisoner

All Critics (59) | 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 19, 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 26, 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 8, 2006
Time Out
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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.

April 12, 2002
Globe and Mail
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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 13, 2001
Los Angeles Times
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It rolls its sleeves above its elbows to show it has no hidden cards, and then produces them out of thin air.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Chicago Sun-Times
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Audience Reviews for The Spanish Prisoner

Good twisty drama.

jay nixon
jay nixon

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Mamet takes a page from the Hitchcock hand book.

Ken Stachnik
Ken Stachnik

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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
Pierluigi Puccini

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