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Film Review: The Spanish Prisoner (1997)
The Spanish Prisoner (1997). Written and directed by David Mamet. The film starts on a Caribbean island where Joe Ross (Campbell Scott) and his colleague (Ricky Jay) are negotiating a business deal. While on the island a charming wealthy stranger (Steve Martin) befriends Joe, and then entrusts him with a book that he wants delivered to his sister back in New York City. Joe later has suspicions about the book, and while flying back he opens the package... except that it is just a book. The Spanish Prisoner is a quirky film, which starts slowly, with an odd and unnerving style. The story is brilliant though, building to an intelligent crescendo. Campbell Scott is great as the stony faced Ross, and Steve Martin is fairly good playing against type in a straight role. Rebecca Pidgeon is also particularly good, playing a company secretary. Definitely one for those that like eerie thrillers, with plenty of twists and turns. 4/5 (Good)