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The MacKintosh Man (1973)

PG | | Thriller | 8 November 1973 (UK)
A member of British Intelligence assumes a fictitious criminal identity and allows himself to be caught, imprisoned, and freed in order to infiltrate a spy organization and expose a traitor.

Director:

John Huston

Writers:

Walter Hill (screenplay), Desmond Bagley (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Newman ... Rearden
Dominique Sanda ... Mrs. Smith
James Mason ... Sir George Wheeler
Harry Andrews ... Mackintosh
Ian Bannen ... Slade
Michael Hordern ... Brown
Nigel Patrick ... Soames-Trevelyan
Peter Vaughan ... Brunskill
Roland Culver ... Judge
Percy Herbert ... Taafe
Robert Lang ... Jack Summers
Jenny Runacre ... Gerda
John Bindon ... Buster
Hugh Manning Hugh Manning ... Prosecutor
Wolfe Morris ... Malta Police Commissioner
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Storyline

Joseph Rearden takes the fall for a robbery and winds up in the Scrubs. From there he escapes in the company of a convicted spy and is taken to a remote manor at an unknown location where he is kept isolated. He overpowers his guard and flees, but nothing is quite what it seems in this drama of intrigue as Rearden pursues his quarry from Ireland to Malta. Written by Martin H. Booda <booda@datasync.com>

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...and the only one who can save him is DEAD. See more »

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Thriller

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 November 1973 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Running Blind See more »

Filming Locations:

County Galway, Ireland See more »

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Newman-Foreman Company See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The movie has exactly the same plot as the "Escape Route" episode of The Saint (1962) (episode 85, 30 December 1966), which had Roger Moore in Newman's role, and Donald Sutherland in Bannen's role. Actor Eric Mason has small parts in both the film and the TV episode. Desmond Bagley is not credited on "The Saint" episode, and his novel "The Freedom Trap" did not appear until 1971. See more »

Goofs

Reflected in the side window of the truck when Rearden drives off to meet the airplane at the airfield. See more »

Quotes

Sir George Wheeler: Our deaths would mean little or nothing to anyone, anywhere - only to ourselves.
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Alternate Versions

The DVD release replaces the old Warner Bros. logo at the beginning with the current logo. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Magnum Cop (1978) See more »

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Intolerable spy shenanigans, badly adapted from a first rate book.
3 February 2003 | by barnabyrudgeSee all my reviews

The Mackintosh Man is taken from the excellent novel The Freedom Trap by Desmond Bagley. The book is far, far better than the film.

Paul Newman plays Reardon, a spy who poses as a convict. He goes to prison and befriends Slade, a Russian double agent played by Ian Bannen. When Slade is sprung from prison by a secret organisation, Reardon goes with him and infiltrates their gang.

The action moves from Ireland to Malta, and there's lot of intrigue and double-crosses. You'd think with all that going for it, the film would be entertaining, but it isn't. For one thing, it has a murky look throughout. For another, it is badly scripted and leaves out far too much of the important explanatory information that makes it work in the novel. The result is intolerable, because it is a confusing mess. Owing to the script's muddled nature, the actors give downbeat performances which further hurt an already disappointing film.


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