The Ceremony (1963)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Crime Drama, Escape Film, Prison Film  |   Run Time - 106 min.  |   Countries - Spain, USA  |  
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Actor Lawrence Harvey made his debut as a writer and director with this downbeat drama. Sean McKenna (Harvey) is awaiting execution in a prison in Tangiers after being convicted of murder. McKenna was trying to prevent the crime in question but was instead made the scapegoat. With his life hanging in the balance, McKenna's girlfriend Catherine (Sarah Miles) and his brother Dominic (Robert Walker Jr.) engineer an escape plan, and McKenna is able to beat his date with the hangman. However, McKenna's reunion with Dominic and Catherine proves not to be as joyous as he had expected when he discovers that they have been having an affair. Harvey was to direct only two more films, the second of which, Welcome to Arrow Beach, would prove to be his final work.

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death, killing, prison, captive, captor, escape, false-accusation, investigation, mistaken-identity, murder, brother