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The Spanish Prisoner

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David Mamet

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Plot Summary

Campbell Scott, Rebecca Pidgeon, Steve Martin and Ben Gazzara star in writer/director David Mamet's razor-sharp thriller The Spanish Prisoner. Scott stars as Joe Ross, the inventor of The Process, a top-secret formula which promises to make his company unimaginably rich. But when Joe meets a successful, cynical businessman (Martin), he begins to suspect that his boss will never share the profits. And with that seed of doubt planted, an intricate con-game soon falls into place. With as many brilliant twists as The Usual Suspects, The Spanish Prisoner is guaranteed to keep you guessing until the final credits.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 59
  • Fresh: 52
  • Rotten: 7
  • Average Rating: 7.4/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: It...has an appealing, ironically rarefied look that the filmmaker measures out carefully, in a story that begins with a seaplane and ends with a ferry. – Janet Maslin, New York Times, Feb 2, 2009

Fresh: David Mamet has a penchant for sleight-of-hand thrillers, and The Spanish Prisoner is his craftiest to date. – Leonard Klady, Variety, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: Mamet brings more than a decade's worth of filmmaking experience to his latest project, and his skill as a director has improved considerably. – Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times, Feb 2, 2009

Fresh: Mamet keeps the settings simple, breeding mistrust out of the flat walls and corporate colors. He concentrates on dialogue and character, and this movie is warmer, and much closer to psychological realism, than the weirdly schematic House of Games. – David Denby, New York Magazine, Feb 2, 2009

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The Spanish Prisoner
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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Thriller
  • Released: 2012

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