Number of Times Seen – 1 (6 Feb 2021)
Brief Synopsis – A spy is sent undercover into a prison in order to find a way to infiltrate a criminal organization.
My Take on it – This is a film that I had heard of before yet never had a chance to see what it was all about until now.
Really great thriller that has been copied so much over the years in less successful ways.
Paul Newman is great in the lead and is able to play both sides of his character so well that he is believable in both scenarios.
The story plays out really well and the fact that they have some nice surprises that pop up along the way helps make things even more enjoyable to watch as things progress in directions that are quite unexpected.
The supporting cast is also great with Ian Bannan, James Mason, Dominique Sanda and Harry Andrews as Mackintosh all help move the story along in fun directions that keep things so engaging and thrilling the whole way through.
The plot is paced really well and that also is able to enhance the suspense and tension throughout.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – In his autobiography, cinematographer Oswald Morris recalled how John Huston showed very little interest or enthusiasm for directing this movie and would arrive late on-set, largely unprepared for the day’s schedule. It was often left to Morris and the crew to fill the gap and set up the shots for the day for when Huston eventually arrived and also to help Paul Newman, who was also disappointed by Huston’s attitude. (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)
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