Inside (1996 TV Movie)
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It is certainly hard-hitting, and the opening scenes tend to 'set the scene'. The slow but steady increase of pace hardly allows a break, and there are certainly few light moments.
Will never be able to view Nigel Hawthorne the same again. He came across as a very twisted individual, and I found myself disliking him more each time he appeared.
Totally agree with Steve-thomp's articulate and well thought-out comments.
The film gives an accurate portrayal of the schisms in South Africa during the end of the Apartheid era between Afrikaneers and English whites and between Blacks and whites, and even within these groups.
Nigel Hawthorne (who was born in South Africa) gives a bravura performance as the Colonel in charge of interrogation. This ranks right up there with his work in "The Madness of King George" (1996).
Eric Stoltz doesn't really show the conflicts that many liberal whites showed, so one has to wait for his sessions with Hawthorne for the action to heat up.
The scenes between Hawthorne and Lou Gossett are equally notable.
Arthur Penn directs, this his last film. Penn is famous for such films as Bonnie and Clyde (1967), "The Miracle Worker" (1962), and "Little Big Man" (1970). The current film shows his heritage from his work on Playhouse 90 which this film more represents that the wide screen films he is famous for.
Here, we have 90 minutes of people being tortured by a sadistic colonel(Nigel Hawthorne), with no real depth to it. It's all presented in a rather cold fashion too. The actors are good however and this is not a really bad film, it's just that if you want to see a film about this subject, you better watch A DRY WHITE SEASON. 5/10