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The Offence (1972)

 -  Crime | Thriller | Drama  -  1973 (Turkey)
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A burned-out British police detective finally snaps while interrogating a suspected child molester.

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Detective Sergeant Johnson
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Lieutenant Cartwright, Detective Superintendant
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Maureen Johnson
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Kenneth Baxter
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Detective Inspector Cameron
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Frank Jessard
Ronald Radd ...
Lawson
John Hallam ...
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Richard Moore ...
Anthony Sagar ...
Hill
Maxine Gordon ...
Janie Edmonds, the Raped Girl
Hilda Fenemore ...
Woman on Common
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Woman at School
Cynthia Lund ...
Child at School
Howard Goorney ...
Lambert
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In Sidney Lumet's harrowing portrayal of police brutality, Detective Sergeant Johnson has been with the British Police Force for 20 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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The movie took just one month to film, at a low cost of $1 million. Despite this and excellent notices, it failed to make any profit for nine years, and went unreleased in several countries including the major market of France. See more »

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Sidney Lumet at his best
5 August 2004 | by (Belgrade, Serbia) – See 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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