6.9/10
760
18 user 16 critic

The Prisoner (1955)

Not Rated | | Drama | 11 December 1955 (USA)
A Cardinal is arrested for treason against the state. As a Prince of his church, and a popular hero of this people, for his resistance against the Nazis during the war, and afterward his ... See full summary »

Director:

Peter Glenville

Writers:

Bridget Boland (play), Bridget Boland (screenplay)
Reviews
Nominated for 5 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 3 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Action | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

On the H.M.S. Defiant, during the French Revolutionary War, fair Captain Crawford is locked in a battle of wills against his cruel second-in-command Lieutenant Scott-Padget, whose heavy-handed command style pushes the crew to mutiny.

Director: Lewis Gilbert
Stars: Alec Guinness, Dirk Bogarde, Maurice Denham
The Scapegoat (1959)
Crime | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

An English schoolteacher meets his lookalike, a French count; and unwillingly swaps identities with him.

Director: Robert Hamer
Stars: Alec Guinness, Bette Davis, Nicole Maurey
Mademoiselle (1966)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

In a French village, Manou is an Italian logger, virile, with a broad laugh. He can't say no to women's sexual invitations, and jealous villagers blame him for recent fires and a flood. He ... See full summary »

Director: Tony Richardson
Stars: Jeanne Moreau, Ettore Manni, Keith Skinner
Craig's Wife (1936)
Certificate: Passed Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A domineering woman marries a wealthy man for his money, and then uses her position to further her own ambitions for money and power.

Director: Dorothy Arzner
Stars: Rosalind Russell, John Boles, Billie Burke
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Three women's escapes from their afflicted lives. Each struggles to flee from the men who confine their personal freedom.

Director: Rebecca Miller
Stars: Kyra Sedgwick, Parker Posey, Fairuza Balk
Comedy | Drama | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

When a troupe of danseuses becomes unemployed, one of them takes up burlesque dancing while another dreams of performing ballet.

Directors: Dorothy Arzner, Roy Del Ruth
Stars: Maureen O'Hara, Louis Hayward, Lucille Ball
Uptight (1968)
Certificate: M Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Black revolutionaries are betrayed by one of their own. Based on the 1935 classic, "The Informer."

Director: Jules Dassin
Stars: Raymond St. Jacques, Ruby Dee, Frank Silvera
Certificate: Passed Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

After an unappreciated minister dies, his daughter loses her faith in God, prompting her to open a phony temple with a con man. Can the love of a blind aviator restore her faith and happiness?

Director: Frank Capra
Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, David Manners, Sam Hardy
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

The Captain of a ferry boat between the restricted British colony in Gibraltar and Spanish Morocco has a woman of differing appeal and temperament in each port.

Director: Anthony Kimmins
Stars: Alec Guinness, Peter Bull, Charles Goldner
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Jim Wormold, who is a vacuum cleaner salesman, participates as an Agent in the British Secret Service. But he soon realizes that his plans by lying are going to get him into trouble.

Director: Carol Reed
Stars: Alec Guinness, Maureen O'Hara, Burl Ives
Drama | Action | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Her youth has been spent working for a farm family, being raped by father and son, marrying the son who has now left her a happy widow. She is happy because World War I is over and she is ... See full summary »

Director: Pierre Granier-Deferre
Stars: Alain Delon, Simone Signoret, Ottavia Piccolo
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Paris police detective Cassin has a well needed vacation at a rural inn, where the owners' adult daughter shows interest in him but she has a jealous boyfriend. Will Cassin need his skills?

Director: Joseph H. Lewis
Stars: Steven Geray, Micheline Cheirel, Eugene Borden
Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
Alec Guinness ... The Cardinal
Jack Hawkins ... The Interrogator
Wilfrid Lawson ... The Jailer
Kenneth Griffith Kenneth Griffith ... The Secretary
Jeanette Sterke ... The Girl
Ronald Lewis ... The Guard
Raymond Huntley ... The General
Mark Dignam ... The Governor
Gerard Heinz ... The Doctor
Edit

Storyline

A Cardinal is arrested for treason against the state. As a Prince of his church, and a popular hero of this people, for his resistance against the Nazis during the war, and afterward his resistance when his country again fell to another totalitarian conqueror. In prison, his interrogator is determined to get a confession of guilt against the state from the strong willed man, and thus destroy his power over his people. The verbal and psychological battles are gripping and powerful, not even the increasing pressures put upon the Cardinal can force him to weaken, not even solitary confinement, continuous blazing light in his cell, sleeplessness, efforts to persuade him he is going mad. And yet, in the deepening conflict, the superb indomitable prisoner, creates a tremendous pity on his tormentor, the interrogator. Written by alfiehitchie

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Which One is the Prisoner? See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 December 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Gefangene See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

One of the first movies from Guinness's career to feature him without a hairpiece. See more »

Goofs

When the teenager is writing in white chalk on the wall, the position of the words changes from one cut to the next. See more »

Quotes

The Interrogator: He was broken by a half-truth, a distorted truth. He was too humble. He believed it when I told him his whole life was built on pride. A proud man would have been more skeptical.
See more »

Connections

Version of The Prisoner (1963) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Over-looked masterpiece!
25 January 2004 | by jump.boySee all my reviews

A classic sadly almost ignored and forgotten probably because of it's small scale being a quite simple screen version of the popular stage play. Alec Guinness is the Cardinal arrested by the state during the Cold War, Jack Hawkins is the state inquisitor trying to break him. Ex comrades in arms, fighting in the Resistance against the Nazis; they now find themselves on opposing sides of Church and State. An intense battle of wills ensues, superb performances all round including Wilfred Lawson as the jailer. Highly recommended.


19 of 24 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 18 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed