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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 »


David Hugh Jones


Sol Yurick (novel), David Black (screenplay)

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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 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


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.


Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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





English | Hebrew

Release Date:

22 January 1999 (Brazil) See more »

Also Known As:

A Confissão See more »


Box Office


$4,000,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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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" Vengeance is reality with the volume turned up "
18 July 2012 | by thinker1691See all my reviews

Sol Yurick acquired a great deal of experience while working the streets of New York. His most famous story which received wide acclaim is called 'The Warriors.' Now director Daniel Hugh Jones initiates this fascinating Yurick novel entitled " The Confession. " It's an important story taken from the pages of todays headlines. Harry Fertig (Ben Kingsley) is a well respected, devoted and loving father who's six year old son is suffering from acute appendicitis. Upon rushing him to the Emergency ward of the hospital, he is told his son who needs immediate attention will have to sit, wait and fill out forms. The result; his son dies. Concluding someone has to be held responsible, the grieving father sets out to punish the hospital receiving attendant, (Eric Malabar), the admitting nurse (Becky Ann Baker) and Dr. Mason Gillett. (Mark Ethan) all for putting their own troubles ahead of an emergency patient. After his son's death, Fertig murders all three and then surprisingly enough, surrenders to the police. While awaiting trial for murder, Fertig is given a public defender whom he promptly fires. However, his new defense lawyer Roy Bleakie (Alec Baldwin) is a well connected, ambitious attorney who is instructed by his client to plead him Guilty! With many rich and powerful people concerned his client might be given the death penalty, Bleakie is ready to plead him Not Guilty by reason of insanity. However, Fertig insists, he knew what he did was wrong and is willing to accept punishment, even if it means being executed. The story is intriguing from it's onset and the collected cast does a marvelous job of imbuing understanding, sympathy and deep emotional drama to the characters. All one needs to do is live in our speedy, fast food, hectic style of life to realize what this case is all about. Anyone who has ever been run-over by the uncaring freeway of ambiguity we've created or have experienced the churning frustration we daily endure, know what this movie is all about. The result; this film has become a Classic and is easily recommended to anyone who cares. ****

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