• Director

    Don Siegel

  • With

    Clint Eastwood, Patrick McGoohan, Roberts Blossom, Fred Ward

  • USA 1979. 112min

  • Digital 4K

  • Certificate

    15

Who knows whether Siegel saw A Man Escaped, but this account of a prisoner’s quietly determined attempts to escape the renowned island penitentiary feels surprisingly Bressonian, partly due to the low-key performance by Eastwood (whose own best directorial efforts are marked by restraint), and partly due to the focus on the tedious routine of prison life and the strength of spirit required to survive it.