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The Pledge (2001)

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A retiring police chief pledges to catch the killer of a young child.

Director:

Sean Penn

Writers:

Friedrich Dürrenmatt (book), Jerzy Kromolowski (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Patricia Clarkson ... Margaret Larsen
Beau Daniels ... Rudy
Benicio Del Toro ... Toby Jay Wadenah
Dale Dickey ... Strom
Wendy Donaldson Wendy Donaldson ... Resort Owner (as Wendy Morrow Donaldson)
Adrien Dorval ... Sheriff (as P. Adrien Dorval)
Aaron Eckhart ... Stan Krolak
Shawn Henter Shawn Henter ... Bus Driver
Kathy Jensen Kathy Jensen ... Store Clerk
Taryn Knowles Taryn Knowles ... Ginny Larsen
Nels Lennarson ... Hank
Costas Mandylor ... Monash Deputy
J.J. McColl J.J. McColl ... Real Estate Agent
Gordon May Gordon May ... Criminologist #1
Gardiner Millar ... Deputy #3 (as Gardinar Millar)
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Storyline

The night he retires as a Nevada sheriff, Jerry Black pledges to the mother of a murdered girl that he will find the killer. Jerry doesn't believe the police arrested the right man; he discovers this is the third incident in the area in the recent past with victims young, blond, pretty, and small for their age. So he buys an old gas station in the mountains near the crimes in order to search for a tall man who drives a black station wagon, gives toy porcupines as gifts, and calls himself the wizard: clues from a drawing by the dead girl. Jerry's solitary life gives way to friendship with a woman and her small, blond daughter. Has Jerry neglected something that may prove fatal? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Detective Jerry Black has made a promise he can't break, to catch a killer he can't find. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 January 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Asesino oculto See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,765,347, 21 January 2001, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$19,719,930, 1 April 2001

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$29,419,291, 31 December 2002
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The film is dedicated to Michael D. Haller and Jack Nitzsche, "our brothers in arms". Haller and Nitzsche were respectively the Production Designer and the Composer of Sean Penn's first two films: The Indian Runner (1991) and The Crossing Guard (1995). Both died, Haller in 1998, and Nitzsche in 2000. See more »

Goofs

As Jerry drives his SUV through the field and fences to the church, the brush guards on the front of the vehicle disappear and reappear. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Jerry Black: She said it. She said it. She did.
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In memory of our Brothers In Arms Michael D. Haller and Jack Nitzsche See more »

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Version of Szürkület (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

Nwalhulwana
Written by Humberto Carlos Benefica
Performed by Orchestra Marrabenta Star de Moçambique
Courtesy of Piranha Records
By Arrangement with Piranha Musik Produktion & Verlag AG
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Fabulous - didn't want it to end!
24 January 2001 | by astridleeSee all my reviews

Sean Penn proves himself a first-rate director who gets moving, deep performances out of all his actors. And what a supporting cast - in addition to Nicholson (at his most subtle, something he doesn't always do), there's Harry Dean Stanton, Benecio Del Toro, Tom Noonan, Vanessa Redgrave, Robin Wright Penn, the list goes on and on with the best charactor actors around. Del Toro does something completely different once again. The story is very moving and almost at the level of a Greek tragedy. Beautifully shot and edited with good use of score. The best drama I've seen in quite a while.


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