The Quare Fellow

  • 1962
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Prison

McGoohan is a new prison warder in Dublin. He's a firm believer in capital punishment, whereas the senior warder, Macken, thinks that the death penalty solves nothing. Two "quares" (slang for condemned prisoners) are on death row. One hangs himself, though he was offered a reprieve. McGoohan visits the other man's wife, Syms, and a mutual attraction leads...read more

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McGoohan is a new prison warder in Dublin. He's a firm believer in capital punishment, whereas the senior warder, Macken, thinks that the death penalty solves nothing. Two "quares" (slang for condemned prisoners) are on death row. One hangs himself, though he was offered a reprieve.

McGoohan visits the other man's wife, Syms, and a mutual attraction leads to an affair. She tells the warder that her husband killed his own brother when he found the two of them in bed. He hadn't told this at his trial, and McGoohan persuades her to tell prison governor O'Flynn. She does, but

there is no reprieve. McGoohan is forced to help in the hanging, his opinion about the death penalty now altered. When his superior retires, McGoohan knows that he will carry on with the fight against capital punishment.

This is a stark and moody film with moments of truly black humor. McGoohan and Syms have an interesting chemistry that smolders. Though their affair is unbelievable considering their respective positions, they play it well. The rest of the film reflects genuineness, helped by its location

shooting in a Dublin prison. Not for everyone, but certainly a good drama.

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  • Rating: NR
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