The Prisoner

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  • NR
  • Genre(s): Drama
  • Release year: 1955
  • Running time: 95 min
Two legendary actors at the height of their careers face off in a film so controversial that both the Cannes and Venice Film Festivals banned it. Following World War II, a strong-willed cardinal (Academy Award winner Alec Guinness, 1957 Best Actor,... read more
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Two legendary actors at the height of their careers face off in a film so controversial that both the Cannes and Venice Film Festivals banned it. Following World War II, a strong-willed cardinal (Academy Award winner Alec Guinness, 1957 Best Actor, THE BRIDGE OVER RIVER KWAI) is arrested as a traitor to the state. His will is strong, but so is that of his inquisitor (Jack Hawkins), a seemingly benevolent man who uses oily charm to lure the cardinal into speaking freely. The interrogator eventually resorts to false evidence, dirty tricks and cruelty. Months pass, and the cardinal's spirit seems impossible to break. As the interviews become increasingly hostile, the captors turn to the last bastion of the immorally powerful: torture. Eventually the cardinal is exploited and destroyed. A tale for all times, all beliefs, and once witnessed, impossible to forget. THE PRISONER is a bold example of corruption, power and faith.

Original Release

04/19/1955

US Release

12/11/1955

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Cast

Alec Guinness The Cardinal
Jack Hawkins The Interrogator
Wilfrid Lawson The Jailer
Kenneth Griffith The Secretary
Jeanette Sterke The Girl
Ronald Lewis The Guard
Raymond Huntley The General
Mark Dignam The Governor
Gerard Heinz The Doctor
Percy Herbert Soldier
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Peter Glenville

Writers

Bridget Boland

Cast

Alec Guinness The Cardinal
Jack Hawkins The Interrogator
Wilfrid Lawson The Jailer
Kenneth Griffith The Secretary
Jeanette Sterke The Girl
Ronald Lewis The Guard
Raymond Huntley The General
Mark Dignam The Governor
Gerard Heinz The Doctor
Percy Herbert Soldier
Oscar Quitak Cafe Waiter
Denis Shaw Plainclothesman
Jonathan Bailey Minor Role
Richard Leech Minor Role
Delene Scott Minor Role

Producers

Sydney Box Executive Producer
Vivian Cox Producer

Editors

Frederick Wilson

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