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The Offence (1973)

R | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | 1973 (Turkey)
A burnt-out British police detective finally snaps whilst interrogating a suspected child molester.

Director:

Sidney Lumet

Writers:

John Hopkins (play), John Hopkins
Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Sean Connery ... Johnson
Trevor Howard ... Cartwright
Vivien Merchant ... Maureen
Ian Bannen ... Baxter
Peter Bowles ... Cameron
Derek Newark Derek Newark ... Jessard
Ronald Radd ... Lawson
John Hallam ... Panton
Richard Moore Richard Moore ... Garrett
Anthony Sagar Anthony Sagar ... Hill
Maxine Gordon Maxine Gordon ... Janie
Hilda Fenemore Hilda Fenemore ... Woman on Common
Rhoda Lewis ... Woman at School
Cynthia Lund Cynthia Lund ... Child at School
Howard Goorney Howard Goorney ... Lambert
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Storyline

In Sidney Lumet's harrowing portrayal of police brutality, Detective Sergeant Johnson's been on the police force for 12 years. In that time, the number murders, rapes, and other felony crimes he's investigated has left a terrible mark on his psyche. His bottled-up anger and rage finally explodes whilst interviewing Baxter - a suspect in a series of brutal attacks on young girls, Throughout the interview, Johnson brutally beats Baxter, and reveals the state of his own mind's probably no better than some of the offenders who've comitted the crimes which disgusted Johnson originally. Written by David Claydon <dc6212@bristol.ac.uk>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

After 20 years what Detective-Sergeant Johnson has seen and done is destroying him.

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

When Sean Connery agreed to return as James Bond in Diamonds Are Forever (1971), as part of his deal United Artists had to back two movies of his choice that would cost $2 million or less. This was to be the first, and a Connery-directed version of "Macbeth" was to be the second. When this movie failed at the box office and Roman Polanski beat Connery to the screen with Macbeth (1971), Connery's version of "Macbeth" was canceled. See more »

Goofs

A ladder leaning against the wall in the hallway outside of the police interrogation room is clearly labeled "TFS" for "Twickenham Film Studios." See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Detective Sergeant Johnson: God! Oh God!
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Connections

Featured in Fosse/Verdon: All I Care About Is Love (2019) See more »

Soundtracks

Groupie
(uncredited)
Music by Barry Stoller
De Wolfe Music Ltd
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Superb Film
9 May 2005 | by jmorrison-2See all my reviews

Remarkable, dark, disturbing film. Sean Connery was a perfect, suave James Bond, and many of his later films were just audience-pleasing parodies, but this man can act. His portrayal of a seemingly hard-boiled detective merge perfectly later with the sociopathic figure he really has become. This is a searing film, which creeps up on you, and stuns you with sudden realizations. Connery's character (Sergeant Johnson) would have probably lived out his career, and his life, literally drowning in his sickness and misery, but for his meeting with Baxter, a suspected child molester and murderer. As the interview progresses, Baxter can clearly see the illness and pathology in Sergeant Johnson, and each push the other's buttons, closer and closer to the edge, and beyond. The revelations revealed take you back and forth, until you don't quite know who the real deviant is.

Sean Connery and Ian Bannen were simply breathtakingly good. Great atmosphere and pacing in this dark, chilling movie. The slow, brooding, quiet pace to the film lends an air of disquiet, and an impending tragedy.


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Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1973 (Turkey) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$900,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Tantallon See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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