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The Spanish Prisoner (1997)

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Campbell Scott Campbell Scott
Joseph A. 'Joe' Ross
Steve Martin Steve Martin
Julian 'Jimmy' Dell
Rebecca Pidgeon Rebecca Pidgeon
Susan Ricci
Ben Gazzara Ben Gazzara
Mr. Klein
Ricky Jay Ricky Jay
George Lang
Felicity Huffman Felicity Huffman
Pat McCune
Richard L. Friedman Richard L. Friedman
Businessman
Jerry Graff Jerry Graff
Businessman


Written by
David Mamet David Mamet
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An average movie

2 years, 2 months ago at Nov 18 8:04
Even though this movie is nowadays pretty obscure, it was actually rather well received when it was released and eventually I really wanted to check it out. Honestly, even though I thought it was not bad, I can’t say I was really blown away by the whole thing. Basically, David Mamet is one highly regarded director, and he is even more highly regarded as a writer (he even won the Pulitzer prize)... read more
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Description: Joe Ross is a rising star. He's designed a process that will make his company millions. He wants a bonus for this work, but fears his boss will stiff him. He meets a wealthy stranger, Jimmy Dell, and they strike up an off-kilter friendship. When the boss seems to set Ross up to get nothing, he seeks Dell's help. Then he learns Dell is not what he seems, so he contacts an FBI agent through his tightly-wound assistant, Susan Ricci. The FBI asks him to help entrap Dell. He accepts, a sting is arranged, but suddenly it's he who's been conned out of the process and framed for murder. Bewildered and desperate, he enlists Susan's aid t ... (more)
Release date: 15 May 1998
UPC: 043396026087
Tags: Thriller (5), Conspiracy (4), Mystery (4), Murder (3), Drama (3), 1997 (3), Business (2), 1990s (2), Espionage (2), Romance (2), Sting Operation (1), The Creative Process (1), Toursits (1), Business Ethics (1), Trouble At The Office (1), Confidence Game (1), Tourists (1), (1), {thriller 19} (1), HQ (1)
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An average movie

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