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The Statement (2003)

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



(screenplay), (novel)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Commissaire Vionnet
William Hutt ...
David Manenbaum
Michael Levy
Inspector Cholet
Cardinal of Lyon
Father Patrice
David de Keyser ...
Dom André (as David De Keyser)


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.


Thriller | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Intriguing TV movie with all star cast who makes memorable performances
2 July 2010 | by See all my reviews

After France fell to Germany in 1940 , the Vichy regime was set up under Marshal Petain . In 1943 , the Vichy government created a military force called Milice to carry out the Nazi occupiers . When the war was over many of those involved were prosecuted for war crimes . Some get away . A few rose to power . Pierre Brossard ( Michael Caine ) committed crimes against humanity and collaborated with Nazis in WWII . Today Pierre follows hidden by priests of Catholic Church that sheltered him during fifty years and is being protected by a strange sect called The Chevaliers of St. Marie . But a judge ( Tilda Swinton ) and a colonel ( Jeremy Northam ) are investigating his past . Meanwhile , a mysterious murderous ( Matt Craven) is pursuing Pierre to kill him .

This TV movie produced by Canadian television in association with BBC packs suspense , mystery , thrills , action and is quite entertaining . Jewison cast some largely known actors as Michael Caine , his wife well played by Charlote Rampling , the starring duo as Tilda Swinton and Jeremy Northam , and a remarkable support cast as Ciaran Hinds as Inspector Pochon , Alan Bates as Bertier , Frank Finlay as the Comissaire and several others . Atmospheric musical score by Norman Corbeil and appropriate cinematography by Kevin Jewison , director's son . The motion picture is professionally produced and directed by Norman Jewison . He is a prestigious and veteran filmmaker, his greatest film is of course Jesus Christ Superstar . He considers The Hurricane (1999) the last in a trilogy of racial bigotry movies he's realized, the first two being In the Heat of the Night (1967) and A Soldier's Story (1984).

The film terminates with an epilogue based on real events , that says the following : ¨At 5:00 am , on June 29, 1944, in Rilleux -La-Pape, France, seven Jews were executed ¨. The movie is dedicated to those seven men and the 77.000 other French Jews who perished under German occupation and the Vichy regime .

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