The Ceremony (1963)





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Actor Lawrence Harvey made his debut as a writer and director with this downbeat drama. Sean McKenna (Harvey) is awaiting execution in a prison in Tangiers after being convicted of murder. McKenna was trying to prevent the crime in question but was instead made the scapegoat. With his life hanging in the balance, McKenna's girlfriend Catherine (Sarah Miles) and his brother Dominic (Robert Walker Jr.) engineer an escape plan, and McKenna is able to beat his date with the hangman. However, McKenna's reunion with Dominic and Catherine proves not to be as joyous as he had expected when he discovers that they have been having an affair. Harvey was to direct only two more films, the second of which, Welcome to Arrow Beach, would prove to be his final work. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
Classics , Documentary , Drama , Mystery & Suspense , Special Interest
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Laurence Harvey
as Sean McKenna
Sarah Miles
as Catherine
John Ireland
as Prison Warden
Ross Martin
as LeCoq
Jack MacGowran
as O'Brien
Murray Melvin
as 1st Gendarme
Fernando Rey
as Sanchez
José Nieto
as Inspector
Noel Purcell
as Finigan
Xan Das Bolas
as Arab Peasant
Barta Barri
as Death-House Guard
Edward St. John
as Special Guard
José Guardiola
as Gate Guard
Jose Trinidad
as Police Chauffeur
Jose Riesgo
as Second Guard
Eduardo Garcia
as Truck Driver
Phil Posner
as Prison Official
Juan Olaguivel
as Gendarme
Julio Tabuyo
as Gendarme
James Brown (II)
as Gendarme
Rafael Albaicin
as Gendarme
Manuel Peña
as Gendarme
Carlos Chemenal
as Gendarme
Alvaro Varela
as Gendarme
Eduardo Emiro García
as Truck Driver
Enrique Closas
as Gendarme
Barta Barry
as Death-House Guard
Rafael Albaican
as 7th gendarme
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Pretentious, too talky, bleak and overlong oddball thriller about a man condemned to die in Tangier for a crime he didn't commit but actually tried to prevent.

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