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Tale of a former Nazi executioner who becomes a target of hit men and Police investigators.



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Tale of a former Nazi executioner who becomes a target of hit men and Police investigators.

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At the end of World War II, many of those involved in war crimes were prosecuted. Some got away. Until now.


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Rated R for violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

27 February 2004 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

A Confissão  »

Box Office


$23,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$37,220 (USA) (12 December 2003)


$763,044 (USA) (26 March 2004)

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1.85 : 1
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The film opens with a man seeking Michael Caine with the aid of a photograph. In the photograph, the man seen next to Michael Caine is director Norman Jewison. See more »


While even Michael Caine would be too young to play a person of this era in history he is believable; but Charlotte Rampling's character would have to be at least 65 to have been part of this atrocity and be Brossard's wife. See more »


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Better than Critics Say
5 August 2004 | by (Washington, D.C.) – See all my reviews

"The Statement" deserves far better ratings than critics have given it. In the first place, it's NOT about an ex-Nazi in flight. It's about a French collaborator, the Vichy Government, France's failure to confront the role its officials -- some still in power -- played in the Holocaust, and the efforts of right wingers in the Catholic Church to shelter the collaborator. Michael Caine is superb in the leading role, and Tilda Swinton and Jeremy Northam are excellent as the judge and army colonel who are trying to bring him to justice while those who formerly hid him seek to execute him, blaming a non-existent group of Jewish vigilantes. The supporting cast, which includes the wonderful Charlotte Rampling in a minor role as the collaborator's undivorced wife, is also quite good. I don't see how anyone can complain that this movie "drags." While there are legitimate criticisms that could be made about unexplained motives, the action moves at the appropriate pace given the complexity of the story it is telling.

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