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The Pledge -- A retiring police chief pledges to catch the killer of a young child.

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19 January 2001 (USA) See more »
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He may have retired, but he's still catching the killer See more »
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A retiring police chief pledges to catch the killer of a young child. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Patricia Clarkson ... Margaret Larsen

Beau Daniels ... Rudy

Benicio Del Toro ... Toby Jay Wadenah

Dale Dickey ... Strom
Wendy Morrow Donaldson ... Resort Owner

Adrien Dorval ... Sheriff (as P. Adrien Dorval)

Aaron Eckhart ... Stan Krolak
Shawn Henter ... Bus Driver
Kathy Jensen ... Store Clerk
Taryn Knowles ... Ginny Larsen

Nels Lennarson ... Hank

Costas Mandylor ... Monash Deputy
J.J. McColl ... Real Estate Agent
Gordon May ... Criminologist #1

Gardiner Millar ... Deputy #3 (as Gardinar Millar)

Helen Mirren ... Doctor

Adam Nelson ... Deputy #1

Jack Nicholson ... Jerry Black

Tom Noonan ... Gary Jackson

Michael O'Keefe ... Duane Larsen
Tony Parsons ... TV Anchorman

Robin Wright ... Lori (as Robin Wright Penn)
Robert Popoff ... Prisoner

Vanessa Redgrave ... Annalise Hansen
Nicole Robert ... Flea Market Sales Lady

Mickey Rourke ... Jim Olstad
Pauline Roberts ... Chrissy

Eileen Ryan ... Jean
Lucy Schmidt ... Alma Cage

Sam Shepard ... Eric Pollack

Lois Smith ... Helen Jackson

Harry Dean Stanton ... Floyd Cage
John R. Taylor ... Grey Haired Man
Theodore Thomas ... Rest Home Resident

Brittany Tiplady ... Becky Fiske
Mavourneen Varcoe-Ryan ... Crime Scene Reporter

Françoise Yip ... Bartender at Airport
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Andrew Hedge ... SWAT Sniper (uncredited)
Brock Johnson ... Lori's Husband (uncredited)
Peter Madsen ... Detective at Retirement Party (Interaction) (uncredited)

Directed by
Sean Penn 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Friedrich Dürrenmatt (book)

Jerzy Kromolowski (screenplay) &
Mary Olson-Kromolowski (screenplay)

Produced by
Brian W. Cook .... associate producer (as Brian Cook)
Michael Fitzgerald .... producer
Sean Penn .... producer
Elie Samaha .... producer
Andrew Stevens .... executive producer
Don Carmody .... executive producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Klaus Badelt 
Hans Zimmer 
 
Cinematography by
Chris Menges (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Jay Cassidy 
 
Casting by
Don Phillips 
 
Production Design by
Bill Groom 
 
Art Direction by
Helen Jarvis 
 
Set Decoration by
Lesley Beale 
 
Costume Design by
Jill M. Ohanneson  (as Jill Ohanneson)
 
Makeup Department
Shannon Coppin .... second assistant makeup artist
Jayne Dancose .... key makeup artist
Michael Germain .... makeup artist: Mr. Nicholson (as Mike Germain)
Gerald Gibbons .... assistant hair stylist
Rick Glassman .... prosthetic dentist (as Dr. Rick Glassman DDS.)
Michelle Hrescak .... assistant makeup artist
Harlow MacFarlane .... special makeup effects artist
Ryan Nicholson .... special makeup effects supervisor
Roy Sidick .... key hair stylist
Christ Stanley .... special makeup effects artist
Joy Zapata .... hair stylist: Mr. Nicholson
Stacey Butterworth .... wig maker (uncredited)
Bill Terezakis .... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Richard Bullock .... production manager (as Richard A. Bullock)
Cathy Gesualdo .... production manager: additional photography
Susan E. Novick .... post-production supervisor
Jefferson Richard .... production manager: additional photography
Joyce Kozy King .... unit production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
James Bitonti .... trainee assistant director (as James A. Bitonti)
Brian W. Cook .... first assistant director (as Brian Cook)
Warren Hanna .... third assistant director
Tracey Poirier .... second second assistant director
Andrew M. Robinson .... second assistant director (as Andrew Robinson)
Jon C. Scheide .... first assistant director: additional photography (as Jon Scheide)
 
Art Department
Vaughan V. Baker .... key scenic artist (as Vaughan Baker)
Derek Bobroff .... on-set scenic artist
Craig Brisker .... construction foreman
Noel Burke-Gaffney .... paint foreman
Dale Ann Connery .... assistant set decorator (as Dale Connery)
Greg Coombs .... greens
Dean Eilertson .... property master
Kendelle Elliott .... assistant art director
JoAnn Ellis .... art department coordinator (as Joann Ellis)
Brian Epp .... assistant property master
Mark Haddad .... head greens
Paul Jenkinson .... lead person
Bill McMahon .... set designer
Doug Poetker .... construction first aid
Dorian Reese .... greens
Glenn Woodruff .... construction coordinator (as Glenn 'Woody' Woodruff)
Michael Dundas .... lead painter (uncredited)
Laurie Edmundson .... set dresser (uncredited)
Nancy C. Lee .... graphic artist (uncredited)
Aleya Naiman .... prop buyer (uncredited)
Audra Neil .... set buyer (uncredited)
Chris Stewart .... draftsman (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
David Franklin Bergad .... dialogue editor
Mark Berger .... supervising re-recording mixer
Andy Bishop .... cable person
Piotr Filipowski .... sound effects designer
Anna Geyer .... assistant dialogue editor
Aura Gilge .... sound effects editor
Chris Gridley .... assistant sound effects editor
Mark Levinson .... adr supervisor (as Mark A. Levinson)
Kyrsten Mate .... sound effects designer (as Kyrsten Mate Comoglio)
Marnie Moore .... foley artist
John Nutt .... supervising sound editor
Margie O'Malley .... foley artist
Charles O'Shea .... boom operator (as Charlie O'Shea)
David Parker .... sound re-recording mixer
Frank Rinella .... foley mixer
Kevin Sands .... sound mixer: additional photography
Patti Tauscher .... foley editor
Hoku Uchiyama .... assistant sound effects editor (as Chris Hokuala Uchiyama)
Rob Young .... sound mixer
 
Special Effects by
David Gauthier .... special effects coordinator
Bill Mills .... special effects co-coordinator
Jak Osmond .... special effects assistant
Bruce Scott .... special effects buyer
Bruce Scott .... special effects driver
Barry Hebein .... special effects assistant (uncredited)
Kerry Phillips .... special effects assistant (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Okan Ataman .... sabre artist: ILM
Wenden K. Baldwin .... digital artist: Pacific Title Digital
John Bartle .... visual effects editor: ILM
Earl Beyer .... film recording engineer: ILM
Ken Dackermann .... digital artist: Pacific Title Digital (as Ken Dackerman)
Suni Dailey .... CG technician: ILM
Natalee Djokovic .... visual effects editor: ILM
Snow Dowd .... computer screen design
Chris Flynn .... digital artist: Pacific Title Digital
Mark Freund .... visual effects supervisor: Pacific Title Digital
Ryan Galloway .... CG technician: ILM
Joanne Hafner .... digital paint and roto: ILM
Pablo Helman .... visual effects supervisor: ILM
Kela Hicks .... sabre artist: ILM
Stephanie Hornish .... visual effects producer: ILM
Dorne Huebler .... digital compositor: ILM
Jennifer Law-Stump .... digital artist: Pacific Title Digital
Matt Linder .... 3D effects animator
Aaron Muszalski .... digital paint and roto: ILM
Joshua Pines .... film recording engineer: ILM (as Josh Pines)
Anthony Pitone .... visual effects editor: ILM (as Tony Pitone)
Robert Reinhardt .... computer screen design
Leslie Safley .... visual effects coordinator: ILM
Ken D. Smith .... visual effects producer: Pacific Title Digital
Bruce Vecchitto .... color timing supervisor: ILM
Wei Zheng .... digital matte artist: ILM
Rita E. Zimmerman .... lead sabre artist: ILM (as Rita Zimmerman)
Lloyd Hess .... technical support (uncredited)
Jesh Murthy .... visual effects supervisor: Toybox (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Joe Doserro .... stunt player (as Joe Desarro)
Bill Ferguson .... stunt coordinator
Rick Pearce .... stunt player
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Allison Beda .... second assistant camera
Hans Bjerno .... aerial camera operator
Kevin Black .... key grip
Ken Decker .... generator operator
John Dekker .... assistant chief lighting technician
Garnet Durham .... video playback operator
Bob Findlay .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Dan Henshaw .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Ronald Hersey .... camera operator: "b" camera (as Ron Hersey)
Burton 'Joe' Kuchera .... chief lighting technician: additional photography (as Burton Kuchera)
George Majoros .... second second assistant camera
Klaus Melchior .... video playback operator
Paul Mitchnick .... camera operator: "b" camera
Bill Molnar .... best boy grip
Robert L. O'Hara .... dolly grip (as Robert O'Hara)
Christopher Porter .... chief lighting technician
Alastair Rae .... camera operator: "a" camera
Noah Richoz .... video assist
Patrick Stepien .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Gillian Stokvis .... first assistant camera: "b" camera (as Gillian Stokvis-Hauer)
Stewart Whelan .... second assistant camera
Gary J. Williams .... key grip: additional photography (as Gary Williams)
Enrique del Rio .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Curt Griebel .... grip (uncredited)
Tim Heller .... lighting technician/second unit gaffer (uncredited)
Tamara Jones .... camera assistant (uncredited)
Attila Luca .... assistant camera (uncredited)
George Ramage .... best boy rigging electrics (uncredited)
John Rogers .... grip (uncredited)
Pat Waller .... grip (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Sandra-Ken Freeman .... extras casting: additional photography
Jason Mundy .... casting associate
Audrey Skalbania .... extras casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Donna Christiano .... costumer
Ruth Elke .... costumer
Jana MacDonald .... assistant costume designer
Karin Nosella .... wardrobe supervisor
Debbie Travis .... dresser: Mr. Nicholson
Julie O'Rourke .... costumer (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Rob Bonz .... second assistant editor
Cheryl Buckman .... first assistant editor: Canada
Phil Hetos .... color timer
Sharon McGeeney .... negative cutter
Dana Mulligan .... first assistant editor
Shelly Theaker .... second assistant editor: Canada (as Shelley Theaker)
Dale Jones .... avid technician (uncredited)
Eric Rigney .... avid technician (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Jason Alexander .... music consultant
Slamm Andrews .... score mixer
Slamm Andrews .... score recordist
Michael Brook .... composer: additional music
Craig Eastman .... composer: additional music
Vicki Hiatt .... music editor
Gretchen O'Neal .... music production supervisor
Heitor Pereira .... composer: additional music
Marc Streitenfeld .... music editor
Martin Tillman .... composer: additional music
Debra Baum .... executive in charge of music (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Chet Badalato .... driver: Mr. Nicholson
Greg Hamilton .... transportation captain
Geno Hart .... transportation coordinator: additional photography
James Lewko .... transportation co-captain (as Jimmy Lewko)
Red Murphy .... transportation coordinator
Dale Shaben .... driver: Mr. Penn (as Dale Shabin)
Ian Thompson .... picture car coordinator
Wally Watson .... transportation co-captain
Rick Rasmussen .... picture car wrangler: additional photography (uncredited)
Larry Tardif .... driver: crane opperator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Monty Bannister .... location manager
Tommy Baratta .... chef: Mr. Nicholson
Sara Barnes .... craft service (as Samm Barnes)
Sara Barnes .... first aid (as Samm Barnes)
Josef Brandmaier .... slate financed by
Christina Bulbrook .... production coordinator: additional photography (as Christina Margellos)
Dan Carr .... assistant location manager
Jill Christensen .... assistant production coordinator
Jill R. Cohen .... production legal: Cohen & Reder LLP (as Jill Cohen)
Susan Crawford .... production coordinator
Irena Dargenio .... payroll accountant
Joe Depczynski .... technical advisor (as Det. Joe Depczynski)
Debbie Derkach .... assistant craft service
Debbie Derkach .... assistant first aid
Tami DeSchutter .... stand-in: Lori
Amy Edelson .... staff assistant
Stacy Eyrich .... assistant: Mr. Nicholson
Kristen Figeroid .... assistant: Mr. Stevens
Jim Filippone .... helicopter pilot
Lara Fox .... script supervisor
Jena Fraser .... staff assistant
Tracey Gardhouse .... animal trainer
Marci Graber .... post-production accountant
John Hackett .... stand-in: Mr. Nicholson
Rodney Itier .... assistant: Mr. Samaha
Nathan Kay .... trainee assistant location manager
Todd Lester .... security captain
David Magee .... staff assistant (as David MaGee)
Sato Masuzawa .... assistant: Mr. Penn
Peter Munro .... staff assistant (as Pete Monroe)
Rick Nicholson .... security co-captain
Lou Phillips .... production accountant
Benjamin R. Reder .... production legal: Cohen & Reder LLP (as Ben Reder)
Kyle Riefsnyder .... utility stand-in
Jaime Rigal .... production financing: Imperial Entertainment Group
Mick Rochon .... staff assistant
Dawn Sharpe .... assistant accountant
Rhonda Taylor .... staff assistant
James Thompson .... assistant location manager
Richa Thorpe .... second assistant production coordinator
Jared Underwood .... production financing: Imperial Entertainment Group
Jared Valentine .... extras wrangler
Tyrel Ventura .... assistant: Mr. Penn
Danny Virtue .... horse wrangler
Scott Walden .... location manager
Ian Watermeier .... finance coordinator
Gwen Wilson .... assistant: Mr. Fitzgerald
Natasha Young .... script supervisor: additional photography
Adam Barber .... assistant: Mr. Zimmer (uncredited)
Ron Blecker .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Duane Bradley .... animal trainer (uncredited)
Jim Jaffe .... product placement (uncredited)
Kirk Jarrett .... animal trainer (uncredited)
Bonnie Judd .... dog coordinator (uncredited)
Bonnie Judd .... dog trainer (uncredited)
Jan Eirik Langoen .... location scout (uncredited)
Wendi Laski .... unit publicist (uncredited)
Neil McDaniel .... marine operator (uncredited)
Dennis Swartman .... location manager: re-shoots (uncredited)
Tom Teotico .... location scout (uncredited)
Gerry Therrien .... animal trainer (uncredited)
Lynn M. van Kuilenburg .... location manager: additional photography, Los Angeles (uncredited)
Annie Wilkinson .... set tutor (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Jack Groom .... special thanks
Michael D. Haller .... in memory of: our brother in arms (as Michael Haller)
Jack Nitzsche .... in memory of: our brother in arms
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Also Known As:
"Pledge" - Japan (English title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for strong violence and language
Runtime:
124 min | Argentina:123 min
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Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:M (TV rating) | Australia:MA (cable rating) | Australia:R (original rating) | Brazil:16 | Canada:14A (Canadian Home Video rating) | Finland:K-15 | France:-12 | Germany:12 | Hungary:14 | Iceland:16 | Italy:T | Malaysia:U (cut version) | Malaysia:18PL (uncut version) | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:R16 | Norway:15 | Peru:14 | Portugal:M/12 | South Korea:15 (video premiere) | Spain:13 | Sweden:15 | Switzerland:14 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:14 (canton of Vaud) | UK:15 | USA:R (certificate #37863)

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Trivia:
The picture was a passion project for writer/director Sean Penn and actor Jack Nicholson. Unfortunately, the screenplay was turned down by every major studio in Hollywood. Producer Elie Samaha, and his studio Franchise Pictures, who specialized in picking up screenplays in turnaround, quickly pounced on the material and signed up Penn and Nicholson for a reduced fee. The pair agreed as long as Penn could have complete creative and casting control.See more »
Goofs:
Errors in geography: This was filmed in British Columbia, which is considerably wetter than the Sierra Nevada, and it shows. The shot of downtown Reno seems to be the only real scene from that region.See more »
Quotes:
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Jerry Black:She said it. She said it. She did.
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43 out of 52 people found the following review useful.
Slow & Powerful, 13 February 2006
Author: shark-43 from L.A. CA

I had rather low expectations for The Pledge - even though I've admired Penn as an actor (Dead Man Walking, Racing With The Moon, etc.) I really didn't care much for his writing/directing attempts (Indian Runner and The Crossing Guard) so I finally got around to watching this on cable and I was not prepared for how intriguing, intelligent and emotionally powerful the movie was. Yes, obviously, from other people's comments, this isn't every one's cup of tea. Fine. You want quickie thriller, wall to wall action - go watch Con Air or something. Popcorn movies are fine. People need to turn off their brains and escape every now and then (Unfortunately for big budget movies - its more NOW and very rarely THEN)> So that is why I really enjoyed the slow pace and the ambiguity of the plot - it left things out there for you to find, to discover, to ponder. Nicholson - who is so capable of just phoning it in lately or just doing a gig for a paycheck (Anger Management - YIKES!!!) - but here he really delivers a strong, aching performance. He is surrounded by excellent actors (especially Del Toro, Eckhart and a very impressive tiny scene from Mickey Rourke). I know there are huge fans of the German book and the movie - I will seek them out. But I have watched this film twice and it is even more powerful the second time. One CAN be driven mad by NEVER knowing something so ghastly, something so important.

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