The Prisoner
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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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 60%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"What Guinness does with his eyes alone ... provides a seminar on acting. And that's just from the neck up."
‑ Alan Dale, Blogcritics.org
"Drama psicológico inteligente e com belas atuações de Guinness, Hawkins e Lawson, perde pontos apenas pela presença forçada de uma subtrama tola envolvendo dois amantes."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"This could've been a fascinating look at the interplay between two very different men...but Bridget Boland's screenplay utilizes the most stilted dialogue imaginable."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
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