The Prisoner (1955 film)
|Directed by||Peter Glenville|
|Written by||Bridget Boland|
|Music by||Benjamin Frankel|
|Cinematography||Reginald H. Wyer|
|Edited by||Frederick Wilson|
|Distributed by||Columbia Pictures Corporation|
|Running time||Netherlands:95 min / USA:91 min|
In an unnamed East European country that has recently come under Communist tyranny in place of Nazi tyranny, a Cardinal (Alec Guinness) is falsely accused of treason. The Interrogator (Jack Hawkins), an old friend of the Cardinal's but now a Communist, is given the task of persuading him to make a public confession of treason.
The Interrogator eventually breaks though by showing how the Cardinal became a priest to escape from his childhood. To purge his sin, in the show trial the Cardinal confesses to every lie of which he is accused, and is released to face a silent, bewildered crowd.
The Cardinal was based on Croatian cardinal Aloysius Stepinac (1898–1960), who was a defendant in a trial in Croatia and on Hungarian cardinal József Mindszenty (1892–1975), who was charged in Hungary. The film was shot in England and Belgium (at Ostend and Bruges).
- Alec Guinness as The Cardinal
- Jack Hawkins as The Interrogator
- Wilfrid Lawson as The Jailer
- Kenneth Griffith as The Secretary
- Jeanette Sterke as The Girl
- Ronald Lewis as The Guard
- Raymond Huntley as The General
- Mark Dignam as The Governor
- Gerard Heinz as The Doctor
- "The Prisoner.". The Australian Women's Weekly (1933 - 1982) (1933 - 1982: National Library of Australia). 19 October 1955. p. 65. Retrieved 19 May 2012.
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