A British-American Cold War spy thriller directed by John Huston and starring Paul Newman, fresh from their successful cooperation on The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean. This has been described as the first anti-spy film, and was not as successful and appreciated as Huston's other films at the time of its release. However, the fact that the plot seems complicated and sometimes confusing is only one of its many charms!

Newman plays Reardon, a British secret agent who assumes a fictitious criminal identity and allows himself to be caught, imprisoned and freed in order to infiltrate a spy organisation. Following the successful breakout, Reardon finds himself drugged and sent to (Huston's beloved) Ireland. Starring a young Dominique Sanda and some of the great British actors of the time, including James Mason – as the bad guy, of course.

Filmmaker
John Huston
Country
USA
Year
1973
Medium
35mm
Length
98’
Language
English
Producer
John Foreman
Production Company
Newman-Foreman Company
Sales
Park Circus Limited
Writer
Walter Hill, William Fairchild, Gerald Hanley, Gladys Hill, Alan Moorehead
Cinematography
Oswald Morris
Editor
Russell Lloyd
Production Design
Terry Marsh
Sound Design
Basil Fenton-Smith, Gerry Humphreys, Peter Desbois
Music
Maurice Jarre
Cast
Paul Newman, Dominique Sanda, James Mason, Harry Andrews, Ian Bannen, Michael Hordern, Nigel Patrick