A wounded Irish nationalist leader attempts to evade police following a failed robbery in Belfast.A wounded Irish nationalist leader attempts to evade police following a failed robbery in Belfast.A wounded Irish nationalist leader attempts to evade police following a failed robbery in Belfast.
The camera angles are particularly interesting. Shot at ground level, looking up. Shot from above looking down. Shadows dance around corners. Perspective is distorted.
Certainly this was James Mason's best role and he shines as the man not used to daylight, (from rotting in prison for many years), who must lead a daring daylight raid that fails, because the sun gets in his eyes at the critical moment.
The rest of the film is built on what happens to Mason next. He meets many characters who use him for their own ends. He becomes a metaphor. The helpless victim in an almost Kafka-esk world.
Newton is, as always, visually arresting. His mastery over the spoken language is stunning here as he cajoles Mason to sit for his portrait.
The end of this film is classic and shocking and should never be revealed. It must be seen with no fore-knowledge for the best effect.
No longer available for purchase, your best bet to see this extraordinary film is to find a Video rental outlet that specializes in British film. Well worth the effort. A MUST SEE for James Mason/Robert Newton fans and for people who love original film work.
- Aug 24, 2001