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MacKintosh Man, The (1973)

Directed by John Huston with a screenplay by Walter Hill that was based on The Freedom Trap by Desmond Bagley, this confusing (until the end) Cold War spy thriller features Paul Newman in the title role as Joseph Rearden, who's hired by Mackintosh (Harry Andrews) to infiltrate a prison escape organization that's being used by an aristocratic member of Britain's parliament, Sir George Wheeler (James Mason), to help political prisoners like the communist Slade (Ian Bannen) escape to Russia. Dominique Sanda plays Mackintosh's daughter, aka Mrs. Smith, who assists her father and Newman's character, with whom she also has an affair. Michael Hordern plays Brown, who runs the safe house component of the escape organization, based in Ireland. Nigel Patrick, Peter Vaughan, Roland Culver, and Percy Herbert are among the others who also appear in the cast. The film contains some fairly good action sequences.

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