The Mackintosh Man

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Directed by John Huston.
With Paul Newman, Dominique Sanda, James Mason.
Ireland/UK/US, 1973, 35mm, color, 99 min.
Print source: HFA

In keeping with the offbeat nature of Huston’s films from the 1960s and early 1970s, and their fascination for eccentrics and outsiders, Cold War thriller The Mackintosh Man introduces welcome notes of ambivalence into an often stodgy and predictable genre. The film’s first half, written by Walter Hill, begins as a heist movie which evolves into a spy story; the second half, scripted by Huston himself, turns ambiguous, even cynical. The Mackintosh Man also delivers the typical pleasures of the Euro-pudding action film from the period: an elaborate car chase and an eclectic all-star cast featuring ice princess Dominique Sanda as the femme fatale.

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