History Film / TheSpanishPrisoner

21st Nov '16 2:41:05 PM Pysiewicz
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* MetaCasting: Ricky Jay, a professional magician and expert in charlatans, plays George, Joe's friend and a lawyer. This indicated from the very start he will play important role in the plot. [[spoiler: He's killed instead and Joe is framed for it]].
21st Nov '16 2:26:41 PM Pysiewicz
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* JapaneseTourist: They seem to be everywhere and it's even invoked by one of the conmen.


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* TheReveal:
** [[spoiler: Joe isn't part of the SpanishPrisoner con, but everything is set up to make him believe it's the case]].
** [[spoiler: Susan is part of the scheme. So is Mr. Klein]].
** [[spoiler: The Japanese tourists aren't just background extras, nor they are send out by the Japanese corporation to steal the process]].
21st Nov '16 2:17:48 PM Pysiewicz
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** The tennis book (with Jimmy's finger prints on it) eventually brings the charade down.

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** The tennis book [[spoiler: (with Jimmy's finger prints on it) it)]] eventually brings the charade down.



* TheCon: Joe spends the whole film trying to figure out what con he's been a victim of. The titular "Spanish Prisoner" con is but one of them.

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* TheCon: Joe spends the whole film trying to figure out what con he's been a victim of. The titular "Spanish Prisoner" con is but a foreplay to one of them.



* ForWantOfANail: The entire scheme, including ''two'' elaborate failsaves, ultimately crumbles due to [[spoiler: Joe wanting to impress the girl and replacing the damaged book with a mint copy]] and the fact he's really a NiceGuy. And it's entirely on the schemers part, since [[spoiler: he's played to panic in the plane and to start think Jimmy could set him for something. Should he deliver the package without ever opening it, the plan would work flawlessly. Should they use a copy in good conditions rather than the first book they could grab, the entire plot would have worked]].



* GambitPileup

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* GambitPileupGambitPileup: There is a con within a con and the fail-safe situation is based on combination of another two cons. All of it to [[spoiler: get the formula without paying Joe a single cent for it]].
* {{Greed}}: [[spoiler: Rather than paying Joe his due for the process, which shouldn't be that much in the first place, Mr. Klein, his boss, takes part in an elaborate con to steal the process and frame Joe for murder of his friend]]. If he wasn't so greedy, he might actually profit on the process at minimal cost and without criminal charges.



* MassiveMultiplayerScam

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* MassiveMultiplayerScamMametSpeak: But of course. One of the opening scenes, where Joe, Mr. Klein and the other businessmen discuss the process, its applications and value is the best example of it.
* MassiveMultiplayerScam: There are roughtly 30 people involved in the scheme, countless locations are used and there is a possibility there even was [[{{Fanon}} a third-party involved in their own scheme]].



* NiceGuy: Combination of this and {{Pride}} makes Joe a superb target for the scheme, which is entirely tailored around those traits.
* NiceToTheWaiter: Joe being ''too nice'' eventually leads the entire plot to crumble, even if initially it helped the conmen.
** Should he let [[spoiler: Susan return in business class, she wouldn't get an extra chance to point out Jimmy might be bad. Joe would never open the package and he wouldn't notice the book is damaged - something that wasn't even important for the scheme]].
** Later on, [[spoiler: helping a troubled mother leads to the realisation he still has Jimmy's fingerprints]].



** Judging by the DVD release, where the lines are much more audiable, the idea was different. [[spoiler: Jimmy uses the sudden noise to never give anything on the HiddenWire, since he expects the ruse]].



* StunGuns

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* StunGunsStunGuns: [[spoiler: Jimmy is caught using tranq gun. This was the main cause of fan theory about the real identity of the Marshalls, who make sure Jimmy is alive and well when the plot crumbles]].



* UndisclosedFunds: The stake at the beginning is not shown to the audience, but is presumably an impressive sum.

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* UndisclosedFunds: The stake at the beginning is not shown to the audience, but is presumably an impressive sum. Judging by Joe's writing and sounds he makes with chalk, it's eight figures. And that's a conservative projection.
18th Feb '16 3:27:15 AM DougSMachina
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** The business card of the CIA agent. Invoked to trap Joe deeper in the scheme.

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** The business card of the CIA FBI agent. Invoked to trap Joe deeper in the scheme.
18th Feb '16 3:26:38 AM DougSMachina
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* TheCon: Joe spends the whole film trying to figure out what con he's been a victim of. The titular "Spanish Prisoner" con is but one of many.
* DeusExMachina: When everything seems lost for the hero, he appeals to the only people around. Luckily, [[TheCavalry they're the law]] and they save the day.

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* TheCon: Joe spends the whole film trying to figure out what con he's been a victim of. The titular "Spanish Prisoner" con is but one of many.
* DeusExMachina: When everything seems lost for the hero, he appeals to the only people around. Luckily, [[TheCavalry they're the law]] and they save the day.
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7th Feb '16 12:03:53 PM DougSMachina
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* ChekhovsGunman: [[spoiler:In multiple scenes throughout the movie, there are Japanese tourists in the background taking pictures. Everyone ignores them; in the end they turn out to be Federal Marshals who were following the whole plot.]]

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* ChekhovsGunman: [[spoiler:In multiple scenes throughout the movie, there are Japanese tourists in the background taking pictures. Everyone ignores them; them, except to comment on the ubiquity of Japanese tourist photographing things; in the end they turn out to be Federal Marshals who were following the whole plot.]]



* DeusExMachina: When everything seems lost for the hero, the [[TheCavalry police appear]] out of nowhere and saves the day.

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* DeusExMachina: When everything seems lost for the hero, he appeals to the only people around. Luckily, [[TheCavalry police appear]] out of nowhere they're the law]] and saves they save the day.
8th Jan '16 1:12:52 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* {{Foreshadowing}}: Early on, Joe sees a boat moving from a seaplane towards the shore. Susan points out that he never actually saw the boat leave the plane, it could have been coming from anywhere, "and we have no idea who anyone is."

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* {{Foreshadowing}}: {{Foreshadowing}}:
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Early on, Joe sees a boat moving from a seaplane towards the shore. Susan points out that he never actually saw the boat leave the plane, it could have been coming from anywhere, "and we have no idea who anyone is."



* IdiotBall: Joe. He never browses the Red Book. Later he's got a ticket to Venezuela, and never once bothers to look at it. He has a cloth bag that is supposed to contain a camera; instead it has a handgun. He does not notice the difference. His lawyer friend is murdered and he immediately pats down the blood stain, leaves his glasses behind and [[BetterManhandleTheMurderWeapon touches the murder weapon]].
* ItWasHereISwear: [[spoiler: Joe leads authorities to Jimmy's "office", which is empty. Then he takes them to the private club Jimmy signed him up for, which turns out to be a family restaurant.]]

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* IdiotBall: Joe. He never browses the Red Book. Later he's got a ticket to Venezuela, and never once bothers to look at it. He has a cloth bag that is supposed to contain a camera; instead it has a handgun. He does not notice the difference. His lawyer friend is murdered and he immediately pats down the blood stain, leaves his glasses behind and [[BetterManhandleTheMurderWeapon touches the murder weapon]].
* ItWasHereISwear: [[spoiler: Joe leads authorities to Jimmy's "office", "office," which is empty. Then he takes them to the private club Jimmy signed him up for, which turns out to be a family restaurant.]]



* OutGambitted: The plotters had a brilliantly detailed and multi-layered plan to get ahold of the process and leave Joe to take the fall. In the end [[spoiler: the Feds were watching them the entire time and were just letting them proceed to gather evidence.]]
* PlotBasedVoiceCancellation: This is used to prevent the audience from ever learning [[spoiler:where [[MacGuffin the process]] was hidden]]. Oddly enough, though, the line shows up clearly in the subtitles.

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* OutGambitted: The plotters had a brilliantly detailed and multi-layered plan to get ahold a hold of the process and leave Joe to take the fall. In the end [[spoiler: the Feds were watching them the entire time and were just letting them proceed to gather evidence.]]
* PlotBasedVoiceCancellation: This is used to prevent the audience from ever learning [[spoiler:where [[MacGuffin the process]] process was hidden]]. Oddly enough, though, the line shows up clearly in the subtitles.



* TrickedIntoSigning: Used as part of a FrameUp. The hero is rushed to sign a club membership form which turns out to be a request for political asylum from the Republic of Venezuela. It gives away the impression that he is about to skip the country with a fortune. And [[PoliceAreUseless the police fall for it]].

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* TrickedIntoSigning: Used as part of a FrameUp. The hero is rushed to sign a club membership form which that turns out to be a request for political asylum from the Republic of Venezuela. It gives away the impression that he is about to skip the country with a fortune. And [[PoliceAreUseless the police fall for it]].


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* VocalDissonance: [[spoiler:One of the Asian U.S. Marshals has a cartoonishly thick Southern accent (that was obviously dubbed)]].
28th Nov '15 2:40:59 PM eroock
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* FailedASpotCheck: Dell duped Joe on several occasions without latter noticing anything wrong.

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* FailedASpotCheck: Dell duped Joe on several occasions without the latter noticing anything wrong.



* ReadTheFinePrint: Joe is tricked into signing a club membership form which turns out to be a request for political asylum from the Republic of Venezuela.

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* ReadTheFinePrint: Joe is tricked into signing a club membership form which turns out to be a [[RunForTheBorder request for political asylum asylum]] from the Republic of Venezuela.
28th Nov '15 2:38:49 PM eroock
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''' ''The Spanish Prisoner'' ''' is a suspense/crime/mystery film written and directed by Creator/DavidMamet. It revolves around Joe Ross, a researcher for an unnamed major company who's recently perfected an unspecified process which is worth a great deal of money. While on a business trip in the Caribbean, he meets and befriends a wealthy traveler who offers to advise him and help him get a fair share of the profits. Shortly, however, he begins to question his new friend's motives and intentions. As in most Mamet stories, deceptions and cons pile up as both the protagonist and the audience try to figure out who's telling the truth, and who's part of a plot.

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''' ''The Spanish Prisoner'' ''' is a suspense/crime/mystery film written and directed by Creator/DavidMamet. It revolves around Joe Ross, a researcher for an unnamed major company who's recently perfected an unspecified process which is worth a great deal of money. While on a business trip in the Caribbean, he meets and befriends a wealthy traveler who offers to advise him and help him get a fair share of the profits. Shortly, however, he begins to question his new friend's motives and intentions. As in most Mamet stories, deceptions and cons pile up as both the protagonist and the audience try to figure out who's telling the truth, and who's part of a plot.



!!This film provides examples of the following tropes:

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!!This film provides examples of the following tropes:of:
25th Nov '15 1:16:51 AM Ominae
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* TrickedIntoSigning: Used as part of a FrameUp. The hero is rushed to sign a club membership form which turns out to be a request for political asylum from the Republic of Venezuela. It gives away the impression that he is about to skip the country with a fortune. And [[PoliceAreUseless the police fall for it]].
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