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The Offence (1973)

R | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | 1973 (Turkey)
A burnt-out British police detective finally snaps whilst interrogating a suspected child molester.

Director:

Sidney Lumet

Writers:

John Hopkins (play), John Hopkins
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Sean Connery ... Johnson
Trevor Howard ... Cartwright
Vivien Merchant ... Maureen
Ian Bannen ... Baxter
Peter Bowles ... Cameron
Derek Newark Derek Newark ... Jessard
Ronald Radd ... Lawson
John Hallam ... Panton
Richard Moore Richard Moore ... Garrett
Anthony Sagar Anthony Sagar ... Hill
Maxine Gordon Maxine Gordon ... Janie
Hilda Fenemore Hilda Fenemore ... Woman on Common
Rhoda Lewis ... Woman at School
Cynthia Lund Cynthia Lund ... Child at School
Howard Goorney Howard Goorney ... Lambert
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Storyline

In Sidney Lumet's harrowing portrayal of police brutality, Detective Sergeant Johnson has been with the British Police Force for twenty years. In that time, the countless murders, rapes, and other serious crimes he has had to investigate has left a terrible mark on him. His anger and aggression that had been suppressed for years finally surfaces when interviewing a suspect, Baxter, whom Johnson is convinced is the man that has been carrying out a series of brutal attacks on young girls. Throughout the interview, Johnson brutally beats Baxter, and during this ordeal, he inadvertently reveals that the state of his own mind is probably no better than that of the offenders who committed the crimes that disgusted Johnson originally. Written by David Claydon <dc6212@bristol.ac.uk>

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After 20 years what Detective-Sergeant Johnson has seen and done is destroying him.

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

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Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1973 (Turkey) See more »

Also Known As:

Övergreppet See more »

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Budget:

$900,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Tantallon See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

According to his memoirs, Peter Bowles was angered to discover he had been re-voiced. See more »

Goofs

A ladder leaning against the wall in the hallway outside of the police interrogation room is clearly labeled "TFS" for "Twickenham Film Studios." See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Detective Sergeant Johnson: God! Oh God!
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Music by Barry Stoller
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Sidney Lumet at his best
5 August 2004 | by mim-8See all my reviews

This film is a fine masterpiece by a masterful director. This is definitely one of the gems in his filmography, hardly known film, but a wonderful character study, a powerful insight in ones fears, and an example how any man can fall under the pressure of his own psyche. Connery is in one of his best roles, here, Bannen too. This film shows that there's something awkward in any man, and that the mind of a serial rapist can sometimes be less burdened than the mind of an ordinary decent man, who should protect the society from those, but can't handle it. All in all this one is highly ranked among the first five of Lumet's films. Not to forget the photography, which is brilliant as well, so deservedly I give it 10 out of 10.


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