The Mark

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"A film which doesn't 'protect' you from the truth!"
  • Approved
  • 1961
  • 2 hr 7 min
  • 7.2  (978)

The Mark is a psychological drama film released in 1961. Set in England, the film tells the story of a convicted child molester, Jim Fuller (played by Stuart Whitman), who is released from prison and sent to a halfway house for rehabilitation. Determined to start a new life and leave his past behind, Jim enrolls in a course to become a draftsman and hopes to find employment.

At the halfway house, Jim meets a psychiatrist named Dr. McNally (played by Rod Steiger), who is in charge of his case. Dr. McNally is skeptical of Jim's intentions and suspects that he is still a dangerous man, despite his claims of rehabilitation. To assess Jim's progress, Dr. McNally arranges for him to meet with a young girl, Georgina (played by Pamela Franklin), who is the same age as Jim's previous victim. Dr. McNally observes their interaction through a one-way mirror and notes that Jim seems genuinely remorseful and is not exhibiting any signs of inappropriate behavior.

Jim also becomes involved with the housekeeper, Chris (played by Maria Schell), who initially resents him for his past crimes but eventually develops feelings for him. Chris is hesitant to pursue a relationship with Jim, but he eventually convinces her that he is a changed man.

As Jim tries to move forward with his life, a series of events threatens to derail his progress. The father of his previous victim, Mr. Clive (played by Donald Wolfit), discovers where Jim is living and begins to stalk him. Jim also struggles with feelings of guilt and shame over his past actions, which he discusses with both Dr. McNally and Chris.

The film explores themes of redemption, forgiveness, and the difficulty of starting over after committing a terrible crime. The cast delivers strong performances, particularly Rod Steiger as the skeptical and manipulative Dr. McNally. Stuart Whitman is also convincing as Jim, portraying the character's internal struggle and his desire to leave his past behind. Maria Schell brings a sense of warmth and compassion to the role of Chris, who serves as a confidant for Jim and helps him face his past mistakes.

The Mark is a thoughtful and nuanced character study that raises difficult questions about the nature of rehabilitation and the possibility of redemption. While the film likely would have been controversial upon its release due to its subject matter, it remains a powerful exploration of human frailty and the struggle to overcome one's past.

The Mark is a 1961 drama with a runtime of 2 hours and 7 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 7.2.

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    2 hr 7 min
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  • IMDB Rating
    7.2  (978)