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The Statement -- Tale of a former Nazi executioner who becomes a target of hit men and Police investigators.
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Release Date:
27 February 2004 (UK) See more »
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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Michael Caine ... Pierre Brossard

Tilda Swinton ... Annemarie Livi

Jeremy Northam ... Colonel Roux

Alan Bates ... Armand Bertier

Charlotte Rampling ... Nicole

John Neville ... Old Man

Ciarán Hinds ... Pochon

Frank Finlay ... Commissaire Vionnet
William Hutt ... Le Moyne

Matt Craven ... David Manenbaum

Noam Jenkins ... Michael Levy

Peter Wight ... Inspector Cholet

Malcolm Sinclair ... Cardinal of Lyon

Colin Salmon ... Father Patrice
David de Keyser ... Dom André (as David De Keyser)
Christian Erickson ... Father Joseph

Dominic Gould ... Captain Durand

Peter Hudson ... Professor Valentin
Joseph Malerba ... Max
Irene Palko ... Clotilde
George Wills ... Young Brossard (as George Williams)
Edward Petherbridge ... Dom Vladimir
Simon Gregor ... Father Rozier
John Boswall ... Father Léo
James Greene ... Dom Olivier

Joseph Long ... Bishop
Helen Later ... Marianne
Jürgen Zwingel ... SS Officer
Alain Morel ... Milice Captain
Jorg Schnass ... German Sergeant

Wolfgang Pissors ... German Soldier
Benjamin Euvrard ... Photographer
Catherine Van Hecke ... Mme Vionnet
Annette Milsom ... Sister Dominique
Edward Hamilton-Clark ... Father Thiers (as Edward Hamilton Clark)
Shelly De Vito ... Forensics Officer
Thierry Obaïka ... Legal Clerk

Daniel Lundh ... Bertier's Secretary
Renaud Calvet ... Bartender Montana
Frédéric Pellegeay ... Janitor
Jean-Jacques Boullay ... Manservant
Jérémie Covillault ... Interrogation Officer
Michael Berreby ... Dombey Victim
Christophe Deslandes ... Dombey Victim
Guy Germody ... Dombey Victim
Kostia Gouzic ... Dombey Victim
Arnaud Rosenblatt ... Dombey Victim
Rolland Safrana ... Dombey Victim
Jean-Claude Subiro ... Dombey Victim
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Hakan Coskuner ... German Soldier (voice) (uncredited)
Frédéric Jessua ... Taxi Driver (uncredited)

Norman Jewison ... Priest in black & white photo (uncredited)

Victor Loukianenko ... German soldier (uncredited)
Eric Moreau ... Policeman (uncredited)
Thierry René ... Daniel (uncredited)

Olivier Riquelme ... Soldier (uncredited)

Directed by
Norman Jewison 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Ronald Harwood  screenplay
Brian Moore  novel

Produced by
Yannick Bernard .... co-producer
Michael Cowan .... executive producer
Sandra Cunningham .... co-producer
Sandra Cunningham .... line producer
Norman Jewison .... producer
Robert Lantos .... producer
Mark Musselman .... executive producer
Jason Piette .... executive producer
Julia Rosenberg .... associate producer
Robyn Slovo .... co-producer
David M. Thompson .... executive producer
Original Music by
Normand Corbeil 
Cinematography by
Kevin Jewison 
Film Editing by
Andrew S. Eisen 
Stephen E. Rivkin 
Casting by
Nathalie Cheron 
Robin D. Cook 
Nina Gold 
Production Design by
Jean Rabasse 
Set Decoration by
Françoise Benoît-Fresco 
Costume Design by
Carine Sarfati 
Makeup Department
José-Luis Casas .... hair stylist (as José Lucas Casas)
Nuala Conway .... personal hair stylist: Michael Caine
Nuala Conway .... personal makeup artist: Michael Caine
Christian Garcia .... daily haircut (as Christian 'Boris' Garcia)
Sylvie Greco .... daily makeup artist
Trefor Proud .... key hair designer
Trefor Proud .... makeup department head
Christophe Robin .... colourist
Jean-Christophe Roger .... additional makeup artist
Production Management
Sylvie Barthet .... unit production manager
Nadine Chaussonnière .... unit manager
Stéphanie Delbos .... assistant unit manager
Thibaud Garron .... assistant unit manager
Jean-Baptiste Germain .... assistant unit manager
Guillaume Hanoun .... production manager
Geoffroy Hassoun .... assistant unit manager
Geoffroy Hassoun .... unit manager
Cyril Pavaux .... assistant production manager
Julien Prudhomme .... assistant unit manager
Lori A. Waters .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Emilie Cherpitel .... second assistant director
Luccio Di Rosa .... first assistant director: second unit (as Luc Di Rosa)
Renaud Epelboin .... trainee assistant director
George Every .... first assistant director
Anthony Gaudioz .... second unit director
Eliot Mathews .... third assistant director
Gauthier Ravily .... location unit director
David Sparkes .... first assistant director: second unit Canada
Art Department
Philippe Auclaire .... construction manager
Camille Bougon-Pigneul .... props
Thomas Broyon .... swing gang
Julius Hoffmann .... swing gang
Arnaud Le Roch .... assistant art director
Christelle Maisonneuve .... props buyer
Gilles Ségurel .... property master
Simon Tric .... painter
Eric Viellerobe .... first assistant art decorator
Sound Department
Todd Beckett .... sound re-recording mixer
Bruce Carwardine .... production sound mixer
Robin Crumley .... assistant sound editor
Nick Foley .... adr recordist
Mark Gingras .... sound effects editor
Goro Koyama .... foley artist
John Laing .... supervising dialog editor
Diep Le .... first assistant sound editor
Sylvain Lefebvre .... sound mixer
Christophe Luparini .... sound trainee
Andy Malcolm .... foley artist
Anna Malkin .... foley recording assistant
Matthew McKenzie .... adr recordist
Colin McLellan .... adr recordist
Michael O'Farrell .... sound re-recording mixer
Michael O'Farrell .... supervising sound editor
Jill Purdy .... dialogue editor
John Douglas Smith .... sound editor
Ted Swanscott .... adr mixer
Cécile Vuaillat .... sound assistant
Markus Wade .... boom operator
Don White .... foley recording mixer
Don White .... sound re-recording mixer
Visual Effects by
John Furniotis .... digital artist
Laurence Lok .... digital compositor
Laurence Lok .... roto artist
Chris Wallace .... digital colourist
Michel Norman .... stunt coordinator: cars
Patrick Robineau .... assistant stunt: cars
Frédéric Vallet .... stunt coordinator: execution
Daniel Vérité .... stunt coordinator: roofs
Camera and Electrical Department
Jean-Marc Alaux .... lighting balloon technician
Bernadette Beaudet .... grip
Philippe Bordelais .... steadicam operator
Richard Brodet .... gaffer
Lorenzo Donati .... steadicam operator
Henri Fiks .... camera operator
Raphael Jourdan .... key grip
Laurence Maestracci .... assistant camera
Anne Nicolet .... assistant camera
Jérôme Prébois .... still photographer
Samuel Renollet .... assistant camera
Philippe Wegiel .... electrician
Casting Department
Vanessa Baker .... adr voice casting
Rosalie Clayton .... casting assistant
Robin D. Cook .... casting: Canada
Brendan Donnison .... adr voice casting
Bouchra Fakhri .... casting assistant
Tamara Gillon .... casting assistant
Nicole Hilliard-Forde .... casting associate: Canada
Sara Kay .... casting assistant: Canada
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Nathalie Chesnais .... costume supervisor
James Smith .... personal dresser: Michael Caine (as Jim Smith)
Editorial Department
Luis Freitas .... assistant editor
Michelle Mendenhall .... assistant editor: Paris
Catherine Rankin .... negative cutter
Emma Sanders .... post-production assistant
Music Department
Nicholas Dodd .... conductor
Nicholas Dodd .... orchestrator
Geoff Foster .... music engineer
Geoff Foster .... music mixer
Paul Intson .... composer: additional music
Paul Intson .... music editor
Sylvain Lefebvre .... score mixer: score recordist
Dan Parr .... score preparation
Paul Talkington .... orchestra contractor
Allan Wilson .... score preparation
Transportation Department
Charles Heidet .... action vehicle coordinator
Colin Morris .... personal driver: Michael Caine
Other crew
Jalal Aqdim .... set supervisor: second unit
Emilie Barbault .... script supervisor: second unit
Marie Barré .... location scout
Max Besnard .... location scout (as Maxime Besnard)
Shirine Best .... development assistant
Elizabeth Broden .... personal assistant: Norman Jewison
Cherri Campbell .... assistant: Robert Lantos
Christophe Chauveau .... location scout
Charlotte Corrigan .... production assistant
Mathilde Cukierman .... location scout
Sylvia Desrochers .... publicist
Ken Dhaliwal .... production legal counsel
Benjamin Euvrard .... assistant: Norman Jewison, France
Brad Fox .... production finance coordinator
Thibaud Garron .... assistant location manager
Mel Hider .... assistant: Mr. Cowan and Mr. Piette
Joe Iacono .... financing and audit
Emily Kyriakides .... assistant to producer: UK
Bernard Lamy .... production accountant
Steven Lewis .... finance legal
Gabriel Mamruth .... production accountant
Alex Marshall .... head of business affairs
Marie McFerran .... production coordinator
Stephan Miller .... location scout
Astrid Monarque .... assistant accountant
Eric Nebot .... production assistant
Frédéric North .... helicopter pilot
Valérie Novel .... location scout
Valérie Novel .... locations scout
Jackie Page .... unit publicist
Dominique Piat .... script supervisor
Manuel Pouet .... location scout
Luc Poullain .... aerial coordinator
Leonard B. Rosman .... legal services
Nick Savva .... production finance coordinator
Lucy Shuttleworth .... development executive
Kelly Willson Harvey .... assistant: Robert Lantos
John Nabereznyj .... delivery consultant (uncredited)
Michael Solomon .... assistant: Mr Lantos (uncredited)

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Rated R for violence
USA:120 min | Argentina:120 min
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Did You Know?

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 »
Anachronisms: 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 »
Movie Connections:
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19 out of 32 people found the following review useful.
a truly bland thriller, 18 July 2004
Author: Roland E. Zwick ( from United States

In Norman Jewison's tepid thriller, `The Statement,' English-accented Michael Caine plays Pierre Brossard, an aging French war criminal whose past has begun to catch up with him. In 1944, Brossard, a member of the infamous Vichy regime, not only collaborated with the Nazis, but was personally responsible for the cold-blooded execution of 14 unarmed Jewish Frenchmen as well. Immediately after the war, Brossard was tried and convicted for these offenses, but somehow managed to escape before he could face his deserved punishment. In the years since, Brossard has lived his life underground, finding protection and sanctuary from a branch of the Roman Catholic Church sympathetic to his cause. And although the French authorities have been unsuccessful in their attempts to locate him, Brossard has recently found himself the target of a mysterious group of assassins, possibly members of a secret Jewish organization seeking justice for his yet unavenged crimes against humanity.

The idea of a Nazi war criminal still living in hiding all these years after the end of World War II has the makings of an interesting movie, no doubt, but `The Statement' is not that movie. To the filmmakers' credit, they do at least attempt to present Brossard as a three-dimensional character, a man who, decades after his horrendous crimes, is still seeking redemption through his pious devotion to the Church. Caine, in a deftly balanced performance, manages to make Brossard almost sympathetic while still allowing us to see the `monster' hidden beneath the ravaged soul. Unfortunately, the actor is let down by a screenplay that seems more concerned with tired cloak-and-dagger espionage routines than with a serious study of a fascinating and conflicted character. Even more annoying is the attempt on the part of the film to paint the entire Catholic Church hierarchy as a bunch of diabolical, self-serving individuals who are busy either protecting one of their own at any or all costs or acting out of political expediency rather than true moral conviction. Fans of `The Da Vinci Code' may swallow this anti-Catholic paranoia without question, but the rest of us can merely wonder why the Church hasn't been able to cop a break from the movies since Father Damien kicked the be-Jesus out of the devil in `The Exorcist,' thirty long years ago. I'm certainly no apologist for the Catholic Church (see my review of `The Magdalene Sisters'), but even we non-believers can wonder when we will be seeing a little more evenhandedness and balance in the movies' portrayal of the Church. Certainly there must be SOME well-meaning priest, nun or bishop out there that some filmmaker might consider as worthwhile movie material.

There are other problems with the film as well. Tilda Swinton, as an impassioned judge searching for Brossard, and Jeremy Northam, as a more pragmatic policeman who reluctantly joins her in her pursuit, make an annoying, constantly bickering couple who look, for all the world, like a minor-league Mulder and Scully, minus the attraction and charm. Alan Bates and Charlotte Rampling (reunited from `Georgy Girl,' though the two actors never appear in the same scene together) are wasted in minor roles. And Jewison, who was once so fine a young director, fails to bring any of the scenes in this film to life. One also questions the propriety of taking a serious subject like Nazi atrocities and using it as little more than cheap window dressing for an undistinguished, run-of-the-mill thriller.

`The Statement,' despite another fine performance from the ever-reliable Michael Caine, is a tired, lackluster and cynical exercise, strangely devoid of meaning, conviction and purpose.

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