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The Offence (1972)

R  |   |  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
Derek Newark ...
Frank Jessard
Ronald Radd ...
Lawson
John Hallam ...
Panton
Richard Moore ...
Garrett
Anthony Sagar ...
Hill
Maxine Gordon ...
Janie Edmonds, the Raped Girl
Hilda Fenemore ...
Woman on Common
Rhoda Lewis ...
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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A fascinating character study (***½ out of ****)
28 May 1999 | by (Klein Köris, Germany) – See all my reviews

Director Sidney Lumet ("12 Angry Men", "Dog Day Afternoon", "The Verdict") has found a very interesting style for this picture about a police detective's wrong way of dealing with his problems and the evil in the society around him. "The Offence" (1973) is well-photographed by Gerry Fisher (who also did the cinematography for two other Lumet films: "The Sea Gull" and the great "Running on Empty"). The performances are extremely good. Sean Connery is as brilliant as in Lumet's masterful prison drama "The Hill". And Ian Bannen, Trevor Howard and Vivien Merchant are excellent as well.

Although the suspenseful film gets sometimes a little slow-moving, it is a really admirable achievement.


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