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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. ...
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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.
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  • Release Date: 4/20/1999
  • UPC: 043396019966
  • Original Release: 1997
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  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Campbell Scott Joe Ross
Rebecca Pidgeon Susan Ricci
Steve Martin Jimmy Dell
Ricky Jay George Lang
Ben Gazzara Klein
Sandy Martin
Felicity Huffman Pat McCune
Ed O'Neill FBI Team Leader
Lionel Mark Smith
Technical Credits
David Mamet Director, Screenwriter
Letty Aronson Executive Producer
Kerry Barden Casting
J.E. Beaucaire Executive Producer
Gabriel Beristain Cinematographer
Carter Burwell Score Composer
Cas Donovan Asst. Director
Jean Doumanian Producer
Tom Galvin Production Designer
Sarah Green Co-producer
Billy Hopkins Casting
Susan Lyall Costumes/Costume Designer
John Pritchett Sound/Sound Designer
Susan Smith Casting
Barbara Tulliver Editor
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    ''Prisoner'' holds audience captive!

    Vintage Mamet . Outstanding performances by Martin and Pidgeon, superbly directed by Mamet. Score was well-matched to the plot.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Fantastic!!

    It's a little slow at first - you might even feel a little awkward or doubtful about the quality of the film. The movie is really like a rollercoaster ride. The climb up at the beginning is slow, but you better hang onto your seat!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    spanish prisoner holds you captive

    This is one of the best dramas I've ever seen. Steve Martin gives a performance unsurpassed by more experienced thespians. The plot twists are exquisite.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great suspence!

    My wife and I loved this show! Steve Martin does a great job playing a serious role. It keep you guessing right to the end.

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