Wednesday, January 20, 2010

The MacKintosh Man (1973)

Director: John Huston
Warner DVD

This is an intelligent spy actioner starring Paul Newman and to talk about the specifics of the plot would really be doing the film a disservice. Huston unfolds the story without forcing details down your throat. For the first hour I felt like I was constantly one step behind but really appreciated the intellectual approach to storytelling. The need to knows are that Newman steals some diamonds, goes to prison, escapes, and tackles with a corrupt official. It takes on the feel of the early seventies as Newman's character turns out to be pretty cynical and self-serving. Huston keeps us guessing and spins the yarn in an economical way keeping the run time under a 100 minutes. Newman plays Newman just fine even though he does affect an Australian accent in parts.


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