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The Prisoner (1955 film) Quotes

The Prisoner (1955 film) is a TV show that debuted in 1970 . The Prisoner ended its run in 1970.

It features Benjamin Frankel in charge of musical score, and Reginald H. Wyer as head of cinematography.

The Prisoner (1955 film) is recorded in English and originally aired in United Kingdom. Each episode of The Prisoner (1955 film) is 91 minutes (U.S.) long. The Prisoner (1955 film) is distributed by Columbia Pictures Corporation.

The cast includes: Alec Guinness as The Cardinal, Wilfrid Lawson as The Jailer, Jack Hawkins as The Interrogator, and Kenneth Griffith as The Secretary.

The Prisoner (1955 film) Quotes

Alec Guinness as The Cardinal

  • (Alec Guinness) "Shall I be allowed a priest before I die?"
  • (Jack Hawkins) "There will be no need."
  • (Alec Guinness) "I beg of you to let me see a priest."
  • (Jack Hawkins) "You're not to die."
  • (Alec Guinness) "No? I'm to be hanged."
  • (Jack Hawkins) "The sentence has been commuted."
  • (Alec Guinness) "What are they afraid of? Martyrdom? No one could make the world see me as a martyr now."
  • (Jack Hawkins) "It has been commuted."
  • (Alec Guinness) "I've eased my mind with the thought of death. I can't see beyond it."
  • (Alec Guinness) "Try not to judge the priesthood by the priest."
  • (Alec Guinness) "How are you doing this to me? Why am I -- going out of my mind?"
  • (Wilfrid Lawson) "Well, it's funny, you know. The more store a man sets by his wits, the sooner he loses them. When a man starts watching his mind at work, you can't leave him alone for five minutes without he frightens himself to death."
  • (Alec Guinness) "Any confession I may be said to have made in prison, will be a lie, or the result of human weakness."
  • (Alec Guinness) "They want me to take my own life, so they can say I committed the last cowardice of all. I shan't do that, you know."
  • (Jack Hawkins) "No, I didn't think you would."
  • (Alec Guinness) "No. I might live for twenty -- thirty years. Yes, it's one thing I'd never thought of. It's more terrible than anything I could have thought of."
  • (Jack Hawkins) "I could pretend to call to the warder for help, as I fire. You want to pray?"
  • (Alec Guinness) "You'll do it?"
  • (Jack Hawkins) "Do you want to pray?"
  • (Alec Guinness) "No, I can't ask you to commit murder. You offer me escape --"
  • (Jack Hawkins) "And I thought of you as an animal, to be put out of its pain. Do you want to face the world outside?"
  • (Alec Guinness) "No. But I must."
  • (Jack Hawkins) "So the laugh is on me. You go out of my hands a stronger man than when you came to me."
  • (Alec Guinness) "Your masters are in a hurry, I fancy. People who are going to make heaven on earth usually are."

Jack Hawkins as The Interrogator

  • (Jack Hawkins) "We're up against a good man. He's got to show us where his weakness lies before we can use it; to destroy him. Meanwhile, we must wait"
  • (Jack Hawkins) "Have you forgiven yourself?"
  • (Alec Guinness) "Oh no. But I believe I shall be forgiven. He who will judge us, is He who made us."
  • (Jack Hawkins) "You're an enemy of society, like the schizophrenic, of the paranoiac. You're dangerous, because you mislead the poor, the uneducated, the silly. Only because you're wrongheaded. In time, we'll get to the root of the trouble. And you can be cured."
  • (Alec Guinness) "Your believe it?"
  • (Jack Hawkins) "Yes, I do believe it."
  • (Alec Guinness) "God give me cunning against your skill."
  • (Jack Hawkins) "You fake. The hero of the resistance who outwitted the Gestapo for his own vanity. The martyr for the Church whose only resistance is for his own pride. His Eminence, the Cardinal, who could steal the estimation of the world to justify a miserable little tyke of a backstreet drab who smelt of fish."
  • (Alec Guinness) "Forgiveness."
  • (Jack Hawkins) "Did you preach forgiveness up there in your fine pulpit, forgiveness for those who stole?"
  • (Alec Guinness) "Of course."
  • (Jack Hawkins) "Didn't they have to give back what they'd stolen?"
  • (Alec Guinness) "How can you give back honor?"
  • (Jack Hawkins) "It's a pity it's a sport that has to be played with living men."
  • (Jack Hawkins) "He was broken by a half-truth, a distorted truth. He was too humble. He believed it when I told him his whole life was built on pride. A proud man would have been more skeptical."
  • (Jack Hawkins) "I've trained you well. And I suppose, in time, you'll drive a brilliant mind to pray for madness."
  • (Kenneth Griffith) "It had to be done sir."
  • (Jack Hawkins) "Afraid I'll slip you a truth drug?"
  • (Alec Guinness) "Surely it's a confession you're after; not the truth."
  • (Jack Hawkins) "What have you done to me?"
  • (Alec Guinness) "That; from you?"

Wilfrid Lawson as The Jailer

  • (Wilfrid Lawson) "They look different after a few months in solitary, don't they, sir?"

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