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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)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$23,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$763,044 (USA) (26 March 2004)
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Alan Bates' final theatrical film appearance. See more »

Goofs

As Brossard is about to place the body of the first assassin into the car, he lifts the dead man's arms into the air in order to sit the body up. As he lets go of the arms, they do not immediately drop as they would for a dead man. Instead, they hesitate, then slowly drop to the ground. See more »

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Features Only You (1994) See more »

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Ordinarium Missae - Agnus Dei
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A bit of a flop
17 December 2005 | by (Manchester, England) – See all my reviews

I dare say this film would have been much better received had it cast the film logically rather than have 'everybody's favourite Cockney' Michael Caine playing somebody called Pierre Boussard - I mean, Caine has never struck me as a "Pierre" somehow. And we can say for sure, that it couldn't have done any worse, a $22m financial loss is testament to that.

Of course I realise the book is in English, but there is a big difference between the two mediums and very rarely does a film pull off a stunt like this, see 'The Hunt For Red October' or Jude Law's Russian misfortune in 'Enemy At The Gates'. At least The Statement didn't slip into having Caine and co. adopt Gallic accents - that would have been too much to bare.

As for the film itself, it seemed a complete waste of police time to have half of the French PD chasing round after an OAP with a heart condition who'd been *ordered* to kill seven people 50 years earlier during German occupation. And for the film to set itself up as some sort of chase thriller, it very rarely gets past a stroll and the tension never really reaches the levels it should do.

All that said though, there are far worse films out there and this isn't an altogether bad way to spend 2 hours. 6/10


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