History Film / TheSpanishPrisoner

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]].
27th Jan '15 3:30:17 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* UnrevealAngle: Dell's sister is TheGhost. When he shows Joe a photo of her, glare on the glass over the photo prevents the audience from seeing anything.
10th Sep '14 1:56:45 PM Eegah
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** We never get a good look at pictures of Jimmy's sister, most noticeably when a lamp is reflected over her face. It turns out she doesn't exist.
10th Sep '14 1:54:35 PM Eegah
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* ItWasHereISwear: [[spoiler: Joe leads authorities to Jimmy's "office", which is empty.]]

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* 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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