The Spanish Prisoner
DIRECTOR: DAVID MAMET
CAST: CAMPBELL SCOTT, BEN GAZZARA, STEVE MARTIN
Mamet’s return to the criss-cross territory of House of Games aptly takes its title from a classic confidence trick. Campbell Scott is a corporate employee who, after striking on a million-dollar invention, suddenly finds himself whisked off to a Caribbean island where he attracts the attention of Jimmy (Steve Martin), a well-heeled stranger who massages his ego and lures him into a world of double- and triple-crosses. Rug pull follows rug pull in this head-spinning Hitchcockian concoction of conspiracy and masterful misdirection, vibrating with the giddy pleasure of being hoodwinked.
Screens as a part of In the Year of the Grifter.