Director : David Mamet
With : Steve Martin, Rebecca Pidgeon
David Mamet can be very good (“Glengarry Glen Ross” and “House of Games”) or he can be very average (“The Edge”). But in the end there is always a cleverness and linguistic precision that very few writers have ever been able to accomplish. “The Spanish Prisoner,” easily Mamet’s best film in years, combines both the patented Mamet-speak dialogue with a slickly orchestrated scam that is about as intelligently entertaining as a movie can get.
The film begins on a ritzy island in the tropics, where Cameron Scott discloses the potential impact of the process that he has just finished to his company’s top executives. In the air hangs a veil of secrecy which hangs thickly throughout the film. Shortly thereafter Scott is introduced to a host of new characters (Steve Martin a millionaire from New York, Mamet’s wife Rebecca Pidgeon as the cute, witty secretary) and then returns to Manhattan to finish his invention.