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 <firstname.lastname@example.org>
After 20 years what Detective-Sergeant Johnson has seen and done is destroying him.
Did You Know?
When Sean Connery
agreed to return as James Bond in Diamonds Are Forever
(1971), as part of his deal, United Artists had to back two films of Connery's choice that would cost $2m or less. This was to be the first, and a Connery-directed version of Macbeth was to be the second. When The Offence failed at the box-office and Roman Polanski
beat Connery to the screen with Macbeth
(1971), Connery's version of "Macbeth" was cancelled. See more
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
Detective Sergeant Johnson
God! Oh God!
Music by Barry Stoller
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