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A Pure Formality (1994)

Una pura formalità (original title)
PG-13 | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | 26 May 1995 (USA)
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Onoff is a famous writer who hasn't published any new books for quite some time and has become a recluse. When he is picked up by the police one stormy night, without any identification, ... See full summary »

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Giuseppe Tornatore

Writers:

Giuseppe Tornatore (story), Giuseppe Tornatore (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Gérard Depardieu ... Onoff
Roman Polanski ... Inspector
Sergio Rubini ... Andre, the Young Policeman
Nicola Di Pinto ... Captain
Tano Cimarosa ... Servant
Paolo Lombardi Paolo Lombardi ... Marshall
Maria Rosa Spagnolo Maria Rosa Spagnolo ... Paula
Alberto Sironi
Giovanni Morricone Giovanni Morricone
Mahdi Kraiem Mahdi Kraiem
Massimo Vanni
Sebastiano Filocamo Sebastiano Filocamo
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Storyline

Onoff is a famous writer who hasn't published any new books for quite some time and has become a recluse. When he is picked up by the police one stormy night, without any identification, out of breath and running madly, without clear memory of recent events, the Inspector is suspicious. Through interrogatory dialectic, the head of this lonely, isolated, broken-down police station tries to establish what has happened, by delving into the mind of his writer-hero, and clearing up a mysterious killing. Written by Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Rated PG-13 for brief shocking violence and momentary language | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

Sony

Country:

Italy | France

Language:

French

Release Date:

26 May 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Pure Formality See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$35,639, 29 May 1995

Gross USA:

$190,749

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$190,749
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Sound Mix:

Stereo | Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Quotes

Andre, the Young Policeman: An idea for a new book?
Onoff: You don't write because you have an idea, but because you can't do anything else.
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Ricordare
Music by Andrea Morricone and Ennio Morricone
Lyrics by Pascal Quignard and Giuseppe Tornatore
Performed by Gérard Depardieu
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Una pura fantastica!
14 April 2005 | by vensperme2003See all my reviews

Take a deep breath, you cinefillic voyeur! Take a deep breath, sit down comfortably on your couch and think twice before you press play on your remote controller... Think twice since you are about to witness something that has never been seen before... Actually it has been seen later, but in much more unoriginal and uninteresting way. What you are about to witness in this movie is something between ON and OFF; you'll hear one of the greatest movie dialog ever spoken, you'll see thestunning performance of unbelievably excellent Polanski and surprisingly good Depardieu; you'll learn how the direction of the movie is supposed to be handled; you'll realize that you just THOUGHT that you know what is your life turning into... And finally, you'll find out the meaning of word MASTERPIECE.


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