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Mackintosh Man
     

The Mackintosh Man

Director: John Huston, Paul Newman, Dominique Sanda, James Mason

Cast: John Huston, Paul Newman, Dominique Sanda, James Mason

 
John Huston directed this cold war spy thriller (from a script by Walter Hill) concerning a British agent trying infiltrate the organization of a nefarious communist spy. Paul Newman is Joseph Reardon, a British secret agent commissioned by Mackintosh (Harry Andrews) to impersonate a jewel thief. When the police are tipped off about his diamond robbery, Reardon is

Overview

John Huston directed this cold war spy thriller (from a script by Walter Hill) concerning a British agent trying infiltrate the organization of a nefarious communist spy. Paul Newman is Joseph Reardon, a British secret agent commissioned by Mackintosh (Harry Andrews) to impersonate a jewel thief. When the police are tipped off about his diamond robbery, Reardon is arrested and shipped off to a high-security prison. At the prison, he meets a convicted Russian spy and the two are involved in a prison break, arranged by a mysterious group called the Scarperers. After the successful breakout, Reardon finds himself drugged and sent to Ireland. It turns out that the escapade was organized by Mackintosh in the hopes Reardon could infiltrate the Scarperers and gather information on the group's leader, Sir George Wheeler (James Mason), and prove him to be a Russian spy.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
One would think that an espionage film that draws on the talents of Paul Newman, John Huston, and James Mason would be something to see, but The Mackintosh Man is something of a disappointment. It's by no means a bad movie, but it's also nowhere near as good as that assemblage of talent would suggest. A large portion of the blame lies with Walter Hill's adapted screenplay, which -- at least in the form at which it arrived on the screen -- is muddled and jumbled and entirely too complicated. (The densely plotted book on which it is based is similarly complicated, but the film leaves out or obfuscates many details and makes a major change in the ending.) Granted, a spy film should be somewhat confusing and keep the audience guessing as to what is and is not true, but it must do so in a manner that reveals that the filmmakers, at least, are in firm control of what is going on and why. That's not the case here, a situation for which director Huston is also responsible. Huston's direction on the whole is slightly off, as if he were not really connected with the material, but there are a number of segments that reveal the director in top form -- most notably the thrilling chase from the gangsters and dogs in Ireland. Newman is good, if not at his top form either, and Dominique Sanda, though gorgeous, gives a rather uninvolved performance. But Mason and supporting actors Harry Andrews and Ian Bannen turn in very fine work. If Mackintosh is not a great thriller, it's certainly adequate entertainment for fans of Cold War spy tales.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/08/2016
UPC:
0888574445997
Original Release:
1973
Source:
Warner Archives
Time:
1:39:00
Sales rank:
19,384

Special Features

Vintage featurette John Huston: The Man, the Myth, the Moviemaker Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Paul Newman Reardon
Dominique Sanda Mrs. Smith
James Mason Sir George Wheeler
Harry Andrews Mackintosh
Ian Bannen Slade
Michael Hordern Brown
Leo Genn Rollins
Nigel Patrick Soames-Trevelyan
Peter Vaughan Brunskill
Roland Culver Judge
Percy Herbert Taafe
Robert Lang Jack Summers
Jenny Runacre Gerda
John Bindon Buster
Hugh Manning Prosecutor
Noel Purcell O'Donovan
Donald Webster Jervis
Keith Bell Palmer
Niall MacGinnis Warder
Eddie Byrne Fisherman
Shane Briant Cox
Eric Mason Postman
Ronald Clarke Attendant
Dinny Powell Young
Douglas Robinson Danahoe
Jack Cooper lst Motorcyclist
Marc Boyle 2nd Motorcyclist
Nosher Powell Army Guard
Terry Plummer Dark Man
Joe Cahill 1st Guard
Gerry Alexander 2nd Guard
Donal McCann 1st Fireman
Joe Lynch 1st Garda
Tom Irwin 2nd Fireman
Wolfe Morris Malta Police Commissioner

Technical Credits
John Huston Director
Colin Brewer Asst. Director
Elsa Fennell Costumes/Costume Designer
Basil Fenton-Smith Sound/Sound Designer
John C. Foreman Producer
George Frost Makeup
Walter Hill Screenwriter
William Hill Associate Producer
Gerry Humphreys Sound/Sound Designer
Maurice Jarre Score Composer
Russell Lloyd Editor
Terence Marsh Production Designer
Oswald Morris Cinematographer
Peter James Set Decoration/Design
Hugh Richards Makeup
Cliff John Richardson Special Effects
Alan Tomkins Art Director

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Mackintosh Man
1. Patriotic Credits.
2. Parcel-posted Diamonds.
3. Assault And Arrest.
4. Convicted And Sentenced.
5. Prison Populace.
6. Escape For A Price.
7. Over The Wall.
8. Nearly All The Comforts.
9. Brown's Guarantee.
10. Briefing Sir George.
11. Rough Stuff.
12. Breakout.
13. Holding The Only Phone.
14. Wheeler Is The Key.
15. Two Vehicles And A Cliff.
16. Mingling In Malta.
17. Finding Slade.
18. Police Search.
19. Over The Side.
20. Let's Break The Rules.
21. Desired Outcome.
22. End Credits.

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