The Prisoner

The Prisoner

Director: Peter Glenville Cast: Alec Guinness, Jack Hawkins, Wilfred Lawson

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British theatrical director Peter Glenville made his film directorial debut with 1955's The Prisoner (Glenville had previous helmed the London stage production of this Bridget Boland play). The film is based on the real-life travails of Hungarian Cardinal Mindszenty, who after suffering under Nazi persecution was imprisoned by the new Communist regime for remaining loyal to his religious convictions. Alec Guinness, his head shaved, plays an unnamed Cardinal in an unspecified Eastern European country who is clapped into jail. Here he is ordered by the politicos to issue a phony statement to his flock, one that will effectively end Catholicism in his country. Jack Hawkins plays the diabolically clever "Interrogator," who is almost successful in convincing Guinness that his false statement will have a beneficial effect. The Prisoner fared better in its American release than it did in Europe, where it was branded both "pro-Communist" and "anti-Communist" by various single-issue pressure groups.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/16/2016
UPC: 0043396484399
Original Release: 1955
Rating: NR
Source: Sony Pictures Home
Region Code: 1
Time: 1:34:00
Sales rank: 12,150

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Closed Caption

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Alec Guinness The Cardinal
Jack Hawkins The Interrogator
Wilfred Lawson The Jailer
Kenneth Griffith The Secretary
Jeannette Sterke The Girl
Ronald Lewis The Warder
Raymond Huntley The General
Mark Dignam The Governor
Gerard Heinz The Doctor
Richard Leech Actor

Technical Credits
Peter Glenville Director
Bridget Boland Screenwriter
Sydney Box Executive Producer
Vivian A. Cox Producer
Benjamin Frankel Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Julie Harris Costumes/Costume Designer
John Hawkesworth Art Director
William Pailleton Makeup
Frederick Wilson Editor
Reginald Wyer Cinematographer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Prisoner
1. Chapter 1 [10:21]
2. Chapter 2 [9:41]
3. Chapter 3 [10:13]
4. Chapter 4 [9:55]
5. Chapter 5 [9:50]
6. Chapter 6 [9:57]
7. Chapter 7 [10:01]
8. Chapter 8 [9:58]
9. Chapter 9 [10:07]
10. Chapter 10 [3:34]

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