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The Statement -- An escaped Nazi collaborator is the target of an ambitious Judge, a scrupulous Colonel and two mysterious hit men in this compelling, shocking thriller based on true events.
The Statement -- Tale of a former Nazi executioner who becomes a target of hit men and Police investigators.
The Statement -- Tale of a former Nazi executioner who becomes a target of hit men and Police investigators.


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Ronald Harwood (screenplay)
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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
Vincent Coperet .... storyboard artist
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
Eric Catelan .... steadicam operator
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
Pascal Villanueva .... generator operator
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
Gonzague Bernard .... production assistant
Max Besnard .... assistant location manger (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)
Vincent Coperet .... courtesy

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Rated R for violence
USA:120 min | Argentina:120 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Alan Bates' final theatrical film appearance.See more »
Revealing mistakes: 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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12 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Far too basic on all levels – not bad but just rather disappointing throughout, 27 December 2005
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

After the Nazi's were driven out of France, those who had collaborated were mostly rounded up and punished – many by death. However some escaped and were hidden, while others rose in power within the new regime. Pierre Brossard is one of the former and continues to live in fear, protected from those that would avenge his victims by his friends within the Catholic Church. However a close encounter shows that some group is closing in on him, meanwhile political pressure from Judge Livi and Colonel Roux's investigation into his whereabouts mean that he is quickly running out of friends willing to shelter him.

It is difficult to know how to approach this film because it itself doesn't seem too sure of what it is trying to do. Is it a drama looking at the idea of fleeing war criminals? Is it a chase movie? Is it a character piece looking at Brossard? It is never clear because it does do some elements of each but it doesn't really do anything that well and I, as a viewer, was a bit confused about what I was supposed to feel or think during it. The story itself is OK, reasonably engaging but not having anything of interest to it. As a chase film I was interested and the themes helped it seem more than the sum of its parts but not in reality. The motivations of the characters are never that well developed; the Livi/Roux parts are dull and quite routine although the sections with Brossard are more interesting.

It is a shame then that the film cannot decide what it wants to do with him – do we feel for him, hate him or just watch him? The film doesn't let us decide this in a good way representing the complex nature of the character, but rather just doesn't push out any ideas one way or another. Caine does well despite this and gives a good character a bit of depth. He is where the film is although he probably benefits from the fact that everyone else is quite ordinary. Swinton and Northam are quite ordinary and their parts of the film just seem put of place and half-cooked. Support from Neville, Bates, Rampling and others just about do the job but add little.

Overall this is an OK film but nothing at all more than that. Despite the interesting and complex potential the film just delivers an ordinary chase movie and fails to do anything with the ideas and concepts inherent in it. Caine does well to produce quite a convincing character but he is alone in that, with the material and the rest of the cast failing to do anything that interesting. Not bad but not worth trying to find because it is nowhere near as good as one would have hoped.

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