An employee of a corporation with a lucrative secret process is tempted to betray it. But there's more to it than that.
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Rated PG for thematic elements including tension, some violent images and brief language.
Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Fbi, Murder, Bonus, Airport, Murder Suspect
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The Spanish Prisoner is a 1997 American suspense film, written and directed by David Mamet and starring Campbell Scott, Steve Martin, Rebecca Pidgeon, Ben Gazzara, Felicity Huffman and Ricky Jay. The film tells the story of an elaborate confidence game; the Spanish Prisoner scam is mentioned, though the actual plot has little if any resemblance to it.
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The Spanish Prisoner (1997)
Directed by David Mamet
Genres - Thriller | Sub-Genres - Crime Thriller, Post-Noir (Modern Noir) | Release Date - Apr 3, 1998 (USA) | Run Time - 112 min. | Countries - USA | MPAA Rating - PG
Synopsis by Karl Williams
Writer-director David Mamet crafted this unusual, Hitchcockian thriller in which no one is who they appear to be. Campbell Scott is Joe Ross, who has just created a "process" that stands to make his company and his boss, Klein (Ben Gazzara), millions of dollars. At a clandestine meeting in the Caribbean, Ross discusses the details of the process with company executives. There, purely by chance, or so he believes, he meets the wealthy, enigmatic Jimmy Dell (Steve Martin), and the two strike up an unusual friendship. Dell informs Ross that he's naïve to believe that his company will fairly compensate him for his valuable work. Upon returning home, Ross becomes paranoid that Dell is right, and he takes steps to protect his invention, becoming unsure if he can trust Klein or even his own love-struck assistant (Rebecca Pidgeon). When Ross discovers that Dell has lied to him about his identity, he contacts the FBI -- he then finds himself set up as a murder suspect who learns, almost too late, to trust no one. The title of the film refers not to any of the characters but to a classic con artist's scam.
Con/scam, Con-Artist, Deception, Invention, Compensation, Boss [employer], Tourist, Sleeper, Head Trips, Cons and Scams, Dangerous Friends, Mind Games
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Rated PG for thematic elements including tension, some violent images and brief language
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