The Prisoner

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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 a 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

  1. Peter Glenville


  2. Bridget Boland


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  1. Alec Guinness

    Alec Guinness

    The Cardinal

  2. Jack Hawkins

    Jack Hawkins

    The Interrogator

  3. Wilfrid Lawson

    Wilfrid Lawson

    The Jailer

  4. Kenneth Griffith

    Kenneth Griffith

    The Secretary

  5. Jeanette Sterke

    The Girl

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The Prisoner


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  • December 11, 1955


Original Language English

Runtime 1h 35m

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