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The Spanish Prisoner (Widescreen/Full Screen) (Bilingual)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Steve Martin, Ben Gazzara, Campbell Scott, Rebecca Pidgeon, Ricky Jay
  • Directors: David Mamet
  • Writers: David Mamet
  • Producers: J.E. Beaucaire, Jean Doumanian, Letty Aronson, Sarah Green
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DVD-Video, Full Screen, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Canadian Home Video Rating : Ages 14 and over
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • Release Date: Oct. 20 2003
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (133 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0767818113
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #61,507 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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Campbell Scott plays a green young technocrat who invents a secret and highly successful high-tech process that, it appears, most of the free world would like to get their hands on. His own company may not be dealing with him fairly, and competitors are lurking around every street corner and kiddie carousel in New York (not to mention Caribbean hideaways) hoping to steal, cajole, or trick him out of the formula. The plot is as full of switchbacks as a mountain highway, and the delights are in watching it unfold around Scott, who is not so much of a naif that he doesn't catch on that not only his formula, but his life, are in dire danger. Steve Martin is consummately assured--and scary as hell--as a wealthy big shot determined to come out on top. David Mamet's script is refreshingly free from his trademark mannerisms; it's his most satisfying film since 1987's House of Games. --Anne Hurley

Customer Reviews

3.7 out of 5 stars

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Daniel L Edelen on Nov. 21 2002
Format: VHS Tape
Somewhere in the Great Beyond, Alfred Hitchcock is fuming, for this is the last great film that he had in him. If he had somehow managed to cheat death, it would have been he, not David Mamet, who would be taking credit for the fiendishly clever "The Spanish Prisoner". As it is, Hitch will have to settle for merely being the inspiration behind this most excellent diabolical work world nightmare.
Taking its title from the con game, "The Spanish Prisoner" plays sleight of hand with the audience, its writer/director, Mamet, functioning as prestidigitator. The cards comprising the deck of the plot are played out before us, a hand is waved, and everything comes up aces. Casting, plot, and quintessential dialog provided by Mamet, all add up to one of the finest psycho-thrillers to hit the screen in a long, long time.
Campbell Scott plays Joe Ross, a vain young man who has created "The Process" that will net his company untold wealth - so untold that despite a final figure written on a blackboard for all the movers to see, we glimpse only Joe's beaming face. While on a Caribbean excursion to enlighten the powers of his corporate home, Joe meets Jimmy Dell (Steve Martin in a laudable casting decision against type). The mysterious Dell takes Joe under his wealthy wing and eventually asks a favor - that Joe deliver a package to Jimmy's sister when he returns to New York. Once on the plane, Joe's pert new secretary, Susan (Rebecca Pidgeon, Mamet's wife), lapses into a discussion concerning the fate of those asked to be mules for the drug trade. Joe immediately begins to question his taking of Jimmy's package and fears that he may have sabotaged his entire life in an act of Boy Scoutish good graces. Indeed he has, but not in the way he envisions.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Horner on March 28 2002
Format: DVD
You can forget the dreaded Fear of Foreign Films. "The Spanish Prisoner" is in English. In fact, it takes place in America. This movie is so great that I'm giving you but one clue about the title. It does not refer to a person. If you haven't seen it or read about it, but know what the term means, I doubt I'd want to be within a thousand miles of you.
The director and writer, David Mamet, is both talented and prolific. His many writing credits include "Ronin", "Wag the Dog", "The Edge" and "The Untouchables". As good as his work is on big projects, he truly excels on smaller ones such as "The Spanish Prisoner", 1988's "Things Change", and 1987's "House of Games".
Reviewers relentlessly compare countless suspense thrillers to those of the master, Alfred Hitchcock. They cringe in horror at any remake of one of his films, even before it goes into production. Mamet's film follows the formula of the genre so perfectly that I suspect Hitch himself would have loved it and perhaps would not have seen an attempt to imitate his style.
What Mamet understands is that a thriller is not the same animal as a mystery. A thriller has less to do with who done it that it does with the suspense created by our trying to figure out how - or if - the main character is going to get out of the terrible mess he or she has gotten trapped in. I have always found this setting to be especially chilling, because it makes me think of a large spider's web.
You will note that it is rated PG. Don't be fooled by that innocent tag. It's dark, intense and devious. It is crammed with characters who lie, cheat and steal with style and relish. You could almost say they love their work. The movie is so rated because it's a rare example of substance over style.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jeremy Bailey on May 17 2002
Format: DVD
I can't understand how anyone can give such a low rating on this, unless they don't use their brains.
This is the first movie I watched that is newer, and that I love it more and more each time I see it.
You don't always know what can happen. Some things can sound good that are good, while others may sound good when bad, visa versa.
I think so many poeple want to see hollywood special effects, girls, and the other dirty stuff, that this film may appear boring.
Same with the original "Haunting" 1963. They said it was bad, because there were no special effects, and that the people seemed lifeless. Well, of course they will be lifeless. Would you be all cheery and happy if you were lonely, in a haunted house?
I think people like films that are entertaining, and not to actually study and think about.
Use your brains, and enjoy a good movie for once!
There is only one problem, but its not the movies fault. The music is GREAT, but no soundtrack :(
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Erik Pack on Sept. 9 2002
Format: DVD
The Spanish Prisoner is in a league of its own. Not only is it one of the better mysteries of the decade, but it also achieves such without violence, sex, or profanity. Not that I'm against those mind you, as long as they are there to benefit the plot, and not just for show. What I mean to say rather, that it is astonishing to watch such an absorbing film, and then by the end of it all realize that it did it without traits mentioned above. Much like the Usual Suspects, this film plays with your mind. You are taken on a rollercoaster. Who can you trust? The acting is dead on perfect. Campell Scott is good as the unexciting man in the middle of it all. And believe it or not Steve Martin is perfect in his role. So if you're looking for a good brainteaser, I reccomend this one. Also, look for a cameo by Ed O'Neil, better known as TV's Al Bundy.
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