The MacKintosh Man

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John Huston directed this cold war spy thriller (from a script by Walter Hill) concerning a British agent trying infiltrate the organization of a nefarious communist spy. Paul Newman is Joseph Reardon, a British secret agent commissioned by Mackintosh (Harry Andrews) to impersonate a jewel thief. When the police are tipped off about his diamond robbery, Reardon is arrested and shipped off to a high-security prison. At the prison, he meets a convicted Russian spy and the two are involved in a prison break, arranged by a mysterious group called the Scarperers. After the successful breakout, Reardon finds himself drugged and sent to Ireland. It turns out that the escapade was organized by Mackintosh in the hopes Reardon could infiltrate the Scarperers and gather information on the group's leader, Sir George Wheeler (James Mason), and prove him to be a Russian spy.


Paul Newman
as Rearden
Dominique Sanda
as Mrs Smith
Harry Andrews
as Mackintosh
Nigel Patrick
as Soames-Trevelyan
Peter Vaughan
as Inspector Brunskill
Roland Culver
as The Judge
Robert Lang
as Jack Summers
Hugh Manning
as The Prosecutor
Wolfe Morris
as Malta Police Commissoner
Noel Purcell
as O'Donovan
Keith Bell
as Palmer
Leo Genn
as Rollins
Michael Poole
as Mr. Boyd
Eric Mason
as The Postman
Ronald Clark
as Attendant
Antony Vicars
as Salesman
Jack Cooper
as lst Motorcyclist
Marc Boyle
as 2nd Motorcyclist
Eddie Byrne
as Fisherman
Ronald Clarke
as Attendant
Nosher Powell
as Army Guard
Terry Plummer
as Dark Man
Joe Cahill
as 1st Guard
Gerry Alexander
as 2nd Guard
Donal McCann
as 1st Fireman
Tom Irwin
as 2nd Fireman
Joe Lynch
as 1st Garda
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Critic Reviews for The MacKintosh Man

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (7) | Rotten (5)

  • A good genre film in the ice cold vein of The Maltese Falcon. It isn't nearly as rich nor fine as that early Huston classic but tells an interesting story with a sure sense of atmosphere, location and supporting characters.

    Jul 25, 2018 | Full Review…
  • There's a whole lot of nothing going on here.

    Jun 18, 2008 | Full Review…

    Variety Staff

    Top Critic
  • Reasonably entertaining old-fashioned thriller.

    Jun 24, 2006 | Full Review…
    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • 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.

    May 9, 2005 | Rating: 2/5
  • 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.

    Oct 23, 2004 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
  • The end of this film looks extremely beautiful and sad, one of the bests that Huston has filmed. [Full Review in Spanish]

    Sep 11, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The MacKintosh Man

  • Jun 14, 2011
    Paul Newman's attempt to do a James Bond movie?
    Sean G Super Reviewer
  • May 06, 2011
    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.
    Jim H Super Reviewer
  • Jun 16, 2010
    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.
    Conner R Super Reviewer
  • Jul 15, 2009
    Considering the talent involved a real disappointment.
    jay n Super Reviewer

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