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The Confession (1999)

A High powered NY litigator, hired to defend a murderer who avenged his young son's death, struggles with his own desires for success versus the moral wishes of his client to choose the ... See full summary »

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David Hugh Jones

Writers:

Sol Yurick (novel), David Black (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ben Kingsley ... Harry Fertig
Amy Irving ... Sarah Fertig
Ryan Marsini ... Stevie Fertig
Alec Baldwin ... Roy Bleakie
Boyd Gaines ... Liam Clarke
Anne Twomey Anne Twomey ... Judge Judy Crossland
Lázaro Pérez Lázaro Pérez ... Eric Malabar
Becky Ann Baker ... Nurse Jeannine Carrounbois
Mike Hodge ... Security Guard
Mark Ethan ... Dr. Mason Gillett
Kevin Conway ... Mel Duden
Richard Jenkins ... Cass O'Donnell
Joseph Mosso Joseph Mosso ... Bartender (as Joe Mosso)
Kevin McClarnon Kevin McClarnon ... Sean the Limo Driver
Jay O. Sanders ... Jack Renoble
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A High powered NY litigator, hired to defend a murderer who avenged his young son's death, struggles with his own desires for success versus the moral wishes of his client to choose the path of truth. Written by David Black

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Trust No One.

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Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for language, brief strong violence and some sexual images | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Hebrew

Release Date:

22 January 1999 (Brazil) See more »

Also Known As:

A Confissão See more »

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Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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Quotes

Jack Renoble: A cynic is an idealist who's been disappointed.
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Bleakie's Bounce
Composed & Produced by David Feinman
©1998 Non-Linear Music/BMI
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A mystery of ideas
30 March 2001 | by bencharifSee all my reviews

I'm not a particularly avid follower of movie actors, or of movies as they're released, which probably explains why I found "The Confession"--and Alec Baldwin's performance in it--so surprising. I'd heard nothing about this film and saw it quite by accident.

Movies like "The Confession"--that is, movies with moral dilemmas at their center ("It's not hard to do the right thing; it's hard to know what the right thing is" is the central dilemma of the film)--often bypass the ambiguities of complex moral questions in favor of a single answer everyone can love.

In this film there are moral ambiguities aplenty, and the film deals honestly with the difficulty of facing those ambiguities head-on and taking a clear position. Alec Baldwin's performance was startling and complex--a beautiful thing to watch. The supporting cast, including Amy Irving, was top-notch, too.


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