Man in the Middle is a 1963 film, starring Robert Mitchum and directed by Guy Hamilton. The movie, set in World War II India, tells the story of the murder trial of an American Army officer who killed a British soldier. Mitchum plays Lieut. Col. Barney Adams, who has been assigned as the accused man's defense counsel. The film is also known as The Winston Affair, the title of the novel the film was based on that was written by Howard Fast.
A career military attorney, Lt. Col. Adams, is brought in to defend Lt. Winston (played by Keenan Wynn) for murdering a British soldier in India. The commander informs Adams that the Army would like the case to quietly go away and to put up as little defense as possible so that the court can move for a quick conviction.
While investigating the crime, Adams discovers that Winston is completely insane. Along with the US Army, the British are also anxious to see Winston hang and have no real interest in seeing justice done. So, as the title suggests, Adams finds himself in the middle of two military units and must decide if he should just let the case be whitewashed so that the Army can save face and the officer can save his reputation or put up a real and compassionate defense.
- ^ "Big Rental Pictures of 1964", Variety, 6 January 1965 p 39. Please note this figure is rentals accruing to distributors not total gross.
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