Man in the Middle

Man in the Middle

Director: Guy Hamilton

Cast: Guy Hamilton, Robert Mitchum, France Nuyen, Barry Sullivan

     
 

Based on Howard Fast's novel The Winston Affair, this WW II-era crime drama is set in India and chronicles the attempts of an American military attorney to defend a lieutenant who shot a British officer in cold blood. Many witnesses were present and the question the lawyer must answer is whether the defendant is sane enough to stand trial. His investigationSee more details below

Overview

Based on Howard Fast's novel The Winston Affair, this WW II-era crime drama is set in India and chronicles the attempts of an American military attorney to defend a lieutenant who shot a British officer in cold blood. Many witnesses were present and the question the lawyer must answer is whether the defendant is sane enough to stand trial. His investigation leads him to believe that his client is not. Unfortunately, his general is anxious to resolve the case to quell mounting tensions between British and American troops.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Man in the Middle should be an engrossing, enthralling court martial movie, but misses this goal. While it is certainly not a bad movie and is indeed fairly entertaining, it's also undeniably disappointing. The blame doesn't lie with the screenplay, which may not hit all the right notes but which is on target for most of the time. True, the romantic subplot is tentative and doesn't fit right; it's really along only so that a statement can be made about the need for impartial judgment in law even when presented with a hateful, bigoted defendant. There also are moments when the screenplay loses its way a little; on the whole, however, it's a fine piece of writing and should have made an excellent film. The problem is star Robert Mitchum. Certainly Mitchum is a fine actor, his laconic presence belying a strong and commanding power. But it goes against the grain in this film, diffusing tension and preventing the film from every building up the head of steam that is crucial for its success. Director Guy Hamilton does the best he can, and he's helped by Keenan Wynn's terrific supporting performance as the psychopath on trial. Even with its flaws, Middle is worth a viewing.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/24/2007
UPC:
0024543432890
Original Release:
1964
Rating:
NR
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:33:00
Sales rank:
66,414

Special Features

Still gallery; Original theatrical trailer

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robert Mitchum Lt. Col. Barney Adams
France Nuyen Kate Davray
Barry Sullivan Gen. Kempton
Trevor Howard Maj. Kensington
Keenan Wynn Lt. Kingston
Sam Wanamaker Maj. Kaufman
Alexander Knox Col. Burton
Gary Cockrell Lt. Morse
Robert Nichols Lt. Bender
Michael Goodliffe Col. Shaw
Errol John Sgt.Jackson
Paul Maxwell Maj. Smith
Lionel Murton Capt. Gunther
Russell Napier Col. Thompson
Jared Allen Capt. Dwyer
David Bauer Col. Mayburt
Edward Underdown Maj. Wycliff
Glenn Beck Cpl. Burke
Ed Bishop Lieutenant at Sikri
Terence Cooper Maj. Clement
Julian Burton Maj. Cummings
Shirley Ann Field Actor
Howard Marion-Crawford Maj. Poole
Al Waxman Cpl. Zimmerman

Technical Credits
Guy Hamilton Director
Ivy Baker Costumes/Costume Designer
John Barry Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Lionel Bart Score Composer
John Bloom Editor
Wilkie Cooper Cinematographer
Willis Hall Screenwriter
John Howell Art Director
Walter Seltzer Producer
Sydney Turner Makeup
Keith Waterhouse Screenwriter

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Man in the Middle
1. Main Titles/Murder [3:44]
2. Limeys and Yanks [3:59]
3. The Facts [3:35]
4. Defense Counsel [3:59]
5. At the Dance Hall [2:43]
6. Legal Strategy [3:06]
7. The Lunacy Board [2:55]
8. Winston Explains [3:48]
9. Army Politics [6:23]
10. Man in the Middle [4:13]
11. Carbon Copy [3:25]
12. Major Kensington [6:43]
13. Brief Happiness [4:20]
14. Press Briefing [2:44]
15. Insane [4:53]
16. Fighting for Justice [5:41]
17. The Trial [13:23]
18. Go Prove It [3:28]
19. One More Witness [7:24]
20. Was It Worth It?/End Titles [2:59]

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