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The MacKintosh Man (1973)

PG | | Thriller | 8 November 1973 (UK)
A member of British Intelligence assumes a fictitious criminal identity and allows himself to be caught, imprisoned, and freed in order to infiltrate a spy organization and expose a traitor.

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Mackintosh
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Brown
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Soames-Trevelyan
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Brunskill
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Judge
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Taafe
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Jack Summers
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Joseph Rearden takes the fall for a robbery and winds up in the Scrubs. From there he escapes in the company of a convicted spy and is taken to a remote manor at an unknown location where he is kept isolated. He overpowers his guard and flees, but nothing is quite what it seems in this drama of intrigue as Rearden pursues his quarry from Ireland to Malta. Written by Martin H. Booda <booda@datasync.com>

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traitor | diamonds | spy | malta | ireland | See All (104) »

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Whoever he is he's not what you think. See more »

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The meaning and relevance of this film's title is that it refers to the name of a man called Mackintosh (Harry Andrews) who hires Rearden (Paul Newman to do a job. See more »

Goofs

During the car chase in Ireland, the white Mercedes skids sideways into a pile of dark brown stones or bricks. The right side of the car has damage before impact where it had none in a previous shot, especially the right rear, and tire marks on the road suggest a previous take of the same shot. See more »

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Sir George Wheeler: Our deaths would mean little or nothing to anyone, anywhere - only to ourselves.
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Referenced in No Country for Old Men (2007) See more »

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Paul on the downplay
11 March 2009 | by See all my reviews

Not your usual late '60's, early 70's Paul Newman flick, where he was cast in more overt starring roles, a la "The Sting" or "Butch Cassidy". The Paul Newman here is more understated and anti-heroic which provides a welcome change to film goers like me who enjoy seeing the Hollywood biggies downplaying their box-office charm by taking on less glamorous, more substantive roles. This political melodrama takes place primarily in a European/British Isles setting, with an all European cast except for Mr. Newman. He portrays an agent who infiltrates a diamond smuggling ring to try to smash that ring's core. During the course of the film, he is pretty well beat up and bandied about by his antagonists, not leaving his pretty boy image much to thrive on. His contact agent, Mrs. Smith (Dominique Sanda), becomes his love interest, not as a torrid screen love affair but more of an quasi-platonic one, where the job at hand takes precedence over the romantic involvement.

The plot and story line is developed nicely by Mr. Huston, who takes us on a European tour that starts in London, then works its way to Ireland and finally to Malta. James Mason does his usual yeoman's job in his rendition of the pompous Sir George Wheeler, the right wing politico big wig who may have his own share of illegal dalliances. Although Mr. Newman is, in fact, the main character, the entire cast comes across very well as more of an ensemble effort, with no one role really outdoing another. It seems that Mr. Huston lent his directorial hand very deftly when it came to letting the film itself be the focal point rather than just one or two actors hogging the spotlight. Not a well known film, perhaps, but one that deserves viewing nonetheless, due in no small part to a most interesting conclusion.


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