One of my top ten favorite films. I disagree with some other reviews here that Newman is out of his element. I thought Newman was great! I've tried to envision a famous British actor playing Newman's character, and it just won't work. His acting abilities add a lot to the film. I do agree with other reviewers that the British supporting actors are all excellent and worth a look on their own. Yes, the music is perfect. Goodness, gracious, folks! Look what you've got here: a prison breakout, a spectacular Irish mansion, Malta, a beautiful girl, and James Mason and his yacht! It's perfect. What more could you want? I will say, on that Irish mansion, I previously had this movie on VHS and when I put it on pause to freeze the fire sequence, the film shook on the screen so I couldn't tell if the mansion was real or not. What a shame to burn down such a beautiful place, I thought. But in this DVD version, I can freeze it and determined it was not a real place...just built to burn down by the moviemakers. Still, that haunting setting with the house alone on the bog and that music as Newman flees away...really, really great. As for the final ending, hey, folks, it's an espionage movie. You're not supposed to figure it out right away. Think about it and watch it again. It gets better every time I watch it, the sign of a truly great movie. You can feel that Irish air. I love this movie. If you haven't seen it, you need to. One of the great sleepers of all time, straight to you from the golden age of movie-making when the stars were REAL MOVIE STARS. Don't miss this one.