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The Interview (1998)

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A duel between a suspected murderer and a detective pressed by people who want results. But whose skin is really wanted.

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Credited cast:
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Eddie Rodney Fleming
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Det. Sgt. John Steele
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Det. Sr. Const. Wayne Prior
Paul Sonkkila ...
Det. Insp. Jackson
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Barry Walls
Peter McCauley ...
Det. Hudson
Glynis Angel ...
Det. Robran
Leverne McDonnell ...
Solicitor
Libby Stone ...
Mrs. Beecroft
Andrew Bayly ...
Const. Prowse
Doug Dew ...
Beecroft
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Pat Cavanaugh ...
Detective
Polly Crooke ...
Fingers
Robert Davis ...
Detective
Peta Doodson ...
Mrs Rogers
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A modest man is suddenly seized from his apartment and interrogated by the police for what initially is presented as involving a stolen car, but its slowly revealed to involve a serial killing. Meanwhile Internal Affairs is investigating the manner in which the investigating officers work. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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20 August 1998 (Australia)  »

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AUD 2,600,000 (estimated)
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John Steele: I've gone from Lord Mayor to shit-carter in less than two hours
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Crazy Credits

At the beginning of the New Yorker Video DVD, right before the main menu appears, a quote of Eddie Fleming fills the screen: "Just goes to show you how the mind works." At the very end, after the credits roll, a quote of Det. Steele fills the screen: "I don't know Mr. Fleming, how does the mind work?" But if you run the end credits a second time a different quote appears at the end, this time from Det. Prior: "It's about a fucking stolen fucking car you fucking fuckwit." See more »

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Not since 12 Angry Men have I been so riveted to a film ...
19 December 2001 | by (Tampa FL) – See all my reviews

37 years after Hitchcock put Psycho on the silver screen, Craig Monahan directed a thriller that competes frame for frame. The Interview explores the duality of the troubled mind through a simple exchange of thoughts. The possible psychosis of a suspected serial killer is examined through the microscope of Australian law enforcement, which bears universal similarities to America's.

The movie relies on two primary ingredients: dialog and acting. Weaving and Martin (principally, with a superb sparse supporting cast) make it work. Enhancing camera angles, lighting, and complementary music put you there - in the interview room. Not since 12 Angry Men have I been so riveted to a film that relies on dialog so heavily. It's a 5 star restaurant meal for the the independent film viewer. So little arrives on the plate; but what comes to you is 100% choice.

If you happen to rent the DVD, invest time watching the alternative ending. It offers a lesson in film making. In the final presentation, Monahan achieves with a facial expression what otherwise might have taken another four minutes to achieve. Self Indulgent, ego-borne film producers take note. It you were satisfied with Hitchcock's ending to The Birds, you'll be content with his ending as I was. But if you watch and leave with doubts about the culpability of the interviewee, those doubts will be dismissed in the alternative ending.

Find a copy and see it soon. 9.5 / 10


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