Movie of the Week: The Spanish Prisoner (1997)

David Mamet directs Campbell Scott, Steve Martin and Rebecca Pigeon in this mystery where the inventor of a valuable “Process” begins a friendship with a man who may want to con him.

The deadpan acting, the rhythmic dialogue, the maze-like plotting. One of the best thrillers ever written. Steve Martin is a seductive enigma in this. Carter Burwell’s score feels like a safe full of instruments being cracked.


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