TWO LEGENDARY ACTORS at the height of their careers face off in a film so controversional that both the Cannes and Venice Film Festivals banned it. Following World War II, a strong-willed cardinal (Academy Award winner Alec Guinnes, 1957 Best Actor, THE BRIDGE OVER THE RIVER KWAI) is arrested as a traitor to the state. His will is strong, but so is that of his inquisitor (Jack Hawkins), a seemingly benevolent man who uses oily charm to lure the cardinal into speaking freely. The interrogator eventually resorts to false evidence, dirty tricks and cruelty. Months pass, and the cardinal's spirit seem impossible to break. As the interviews become increasingly hostile, the captors turn to the last bastion of the immorally powerful: torture. Eventually the cardinal is exploited and destroyed. A tale for all times, all beliefs, and once witnessed, impossible to forget. THE PRISONER is a bold example of corruptions, power and faith.

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The Prisoner (1955)

Drama · 1h 31m

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TWO LEGENDARY ACTORS at the height of their careers face off in a film so controversional that both the Cannes and Venice Film Festivals banned it. Following World War II, a strong-willed cardinal (Academy Award winner Alec Guinnes, 1957 Best Actor, THE BRIDGE OVER THE RIVER KWAI) is arrested as a traitor to the state. His will is strong, but so is that of his inquisitor (Jack Hawkins), a seemingly benevolent man who uses oily charm to lure the cardinal into speaking freely. The interrogator eventually resorts to false evidence, dirty tricks and cruelty. Months pass, and the cardinal's spirit seem impossible to break. As the interviews become increasingly hostile, the captors turn to the last bastion of the immorally powerful: torture. Eventually the cardinal is exploited and destroyed. A tale for all times, all beliefs, and once witnessed, impossible to forget. THE PRISONER is a bold example of corruptions, power and faith.

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Language

English
Cast
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Alec Guinness

The Cardinal
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Jack Hawkins

The Interrogator
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Wilfrid Lawson

The Jailer
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Kenneth Griffith

The Secretary
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Jeanette Sterke

The Girl
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Ronald Lewis

The Guard
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Raymond Huntley

The General
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Mark Dignam

The Governor
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Gerard Heinz

The Doctor
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Jonathan Bailey

Minor Role (uncredited)
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Percy Herbert

Soldiger (uncredited)
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Richard Leech

Minor Role (uncredited)
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Oscar Quitak

Cafe Waiter (uncredited)
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Delene Scott

Minor Role (uncredited)
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Denis Shaw

Plainclothesman (uncredited)
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Yoko Tani

Undetermined Role (uncredited) (unconfirmed)
Crew
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Peter Glenville

Director
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Bridget Boland

Writer
Disc Releases
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The Prisoner

(DVD)

8/16/2016

Disc Title Front Cover

The Prisoner

(Blu-ray, Keep Case (HD, Low))

3/12/2019

Disc Title Front Cover

The Prisoner

(DVD)

3/2/2004

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