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Great movies you should see: The Spanish Prisoner.

Posted by Jason O on Feb 10, 2009 in Movies/TV/DVDs |

Mmmm! Hitchcockian!David Mamet’s The Spanish Prisoner is one of those hidden gems that you stumble across and wonder why you’ve never heard of it. Written and directed by the same writer as Glengarry Glen Ross, it’s a slow burning mystery drama that entices you in, littering twists and red herrings all the way to the end.

Campbell Scott plays the brilliant inventor of an industrial process (A classic Hitchcock McGuffin if there ever was one.) that is set to make both him and the company he works for an obscene amount of money, until he starts to doubt whether he’s been treated fairly or not.

Steve Martin puts in a straight performance which will have you wondering why he doesn’t take more straight roles.

A great Saturday night in with a Chinese (Meal, partner, or both) movie.

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