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 »

Director:

Giuseppe Tornatore

Writers:

Giuseppe Tornatore (story and screenplay), Pascal Quignard (dialogue) | 1 more credit »
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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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Onoff: If writers knew whose mouths would up spewing out their works, they'd cut off their hands.
Inspector: And it would be a pity.
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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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I never forget this film
17 February 2006 | by m_m-3See all my reviews

It was a fantastic movie and it has a shocking ending. The performances was great specially Gerard Depardieu. It was one of the best mystery films after The Usual Suspects. And I think it should be in top 250 but it is not.

The direction was brilliant and you can not guess the ending. We can not forget the screen play all of It's words was amazing. All of the film is an investigation but you never feeling tired and I think the direction and screen play make it like this. You see this movie when you have an open mind because it makes some question in your mind. At last: I really enjoyed that and I gave it 10/10


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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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Dolby SR

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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