5 Fingers

5 Fingers

Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz, James Mason, Danielle Darrieux, Michael Rennie

Cast: Joseph L. Mankiewicz, James Mason, Danielle Darrieux, Michael Rennie

     
 

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Based on a true story, 5 Fingers stars James Mason as a man known to his superiors only as Cicero. Ostensibly the valet of the British ambassador to Ankara during World War II, Cicero is actually a Nazi agent. He holds no particular political viewpoint: the Nazis offered the best price, so for the time being he is loyal to them. Falling in love with the

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Based on a true story, 5 Fingers stars James Mason as a man known to his superiors only as Cicero. Ostensibly the valet of the British ambassador to Ankara during World War II, Cicero is actually a Nazi agent. He holds no particular political viewpoint: the Nazis offered the best price, so for the time being he is loyal to them. Falling in love with the beautiful Danielle Darrieux, Cicero uses her home as a contact point to meet his German associates. At great personal risk, Cicero secures secret British war files and smuggles them to the Germans; they find the information in the files too far-fetched to be taken seriously--and thus are caught unawares on the morning of the D-Day invasion. An ironic coda finds Cicero, setting himself up in luxury in Rio de Janeiro, double-crossed by both Darrieux and the Germans. What else can he do but laugh uproariously? 5 Fingers, based on the memoirs of the real-life "Cicero" L. C. Moyzisch, was adapted into a 1959 TV series, wherein the antihero was converted into a 100% good guy.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Richard Gilliam
5 Fingers is a witty and suspenseful spy thriller highlighted by one of James Mason's best and most enigmatic performances. In an unusual turn for a film of the early 1950s, the protagonist is both an amoral enemy spy and a charming, audience-appealing rouge -- the type of role that would later be called an anti-hero. This was the last of Michael Wilson's scripts to be produced before he fell victim to the McCarthy-era blacklists, and the screenplay is among the film's major assets, emphasizing Wilson's cynical view of the hypocrisy of government authority. Director Joseph L. Mankiewicz keeps the proceedings moving swiftly, allowing events to flow from the development of the film's characters. Bernard Herrmann's score adds effectively to the mood. Both Mankiewicz and Wilson were nominated for Oscars, though neither won.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/11/2014
UPC:
0024543934318
Original Release:
1952
Rating:
NR
Source:
Fox Mod
Presentation:
[B&W, Full Frame]
Time:
1:47:00
Sales rank:
12,171

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
James Mason Diello, aka "Cicero"
Danielle Darrieux Anna
Michael Rennie George Travers
Oscar Karlweis Moyzisch
Herbert Berghof Col. von Richter
Walter Hampden Sir Frederic
John Wengraf Von Papen
Ben A. Astar Siebert
Hannelore Axman Von Papen's Secretary
Salvador Baguez Ship's Captain
Lawrence Dobkin Santos
Antonio Filauri Italian Ambassador
Martin Garralaga Butler
Stuart Hall British Military Attache
Lumsden Hare Actor
Eghiche Harout Man
Faith Kruger German Singer
Stanley Logan MPs
Richard Loo Japanese Ambassador
Lester Matthews Under Secretary
Keith McConnell Johnson
Alberto Morin Butler
Leo Mostovoy Spectator
Nestor Paiva Turkish Ambassador
Michael Pate Morrison
Roger Plowden MacFadden
Konstantin Shayne Proprietor
Marc Snow Banker
John Sutton Narrator
Ivan Triesault Steuben
Otto Waldis Pullman Porter
David Wolfe Da Costa

Technical Credits
Joseph L. Mankiewicz Director
Norbert F. Brodin Cinematographer
James B. Clark Editor
George W. Davis Art Director
Bernard Herrmann Score Composer
Otto Lang Producer
Fred Sersen Special Effects
Lyle Wheeler Art Director
Michael Wilson Screenwriter

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