1997 - United States - 110 minutes
Writer and Director - David Mamet
Internet Movie Database User Rating - 7.3/10 - Link to IMDB
Roger Ebert Rating - 3.5 of 4 Stars - Link to Ebert's Review
My Rating - 2 of 5 Stars


Perhaps I have become too jaded, but I consider The Spanish Prisoner a cheat. There are few surprises because all of the characters seem so transparent, and the plot is a Frankenstein Monster created from parts of not-so-original conspiracy and double-cross movies. The protagonist (Campbell Scott) appears to be a brilliant idiot who has, apparently, never developed any insight in the motives of others even though he works in the highly competitive corporate world. The scenes that involve Steve Martin and Scott are the best in the film because they are both such excellent actors, and their chemistry clearly improves the material. Even with the excellent acting and photography, I was reminded, after viewing the film, of the old Peggy Lee song, Is That All There Is?.


Neil Turner
January 18, 2000






The Spanish Prisoner