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The Pledge (2001)

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

Director:

Sean Penn

Writers:

Friedrich Dürrenmatt (book), Jerzy Kromolowski (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
1 win & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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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

On the night he retires as a Reno, Nevada detective, Jerry Black (Jack Nicholson) 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 that this is the third incident in the area in the recent past with victims young, blonde, pretty, and small for their ages. 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", all clues from a drawing by the dead girl. Jerry's solitary life gives way to friendship with a woman and her small, blonde daughter. Has Jerry neglected something that may prove to be 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 »


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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:

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Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,765,347, 21 January 2001

Gross USA:

$19,733,089

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$29,419,291
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The recording of the gospel preacher yelling "Holy Ghost power!" on Duane's car radio is from one of the Tag Team Preacher scenes in The Apostle (1997). See more »

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We see Jerry cooking fish and he has his hand dirty with flour. In the next shot when he goes to answer the door, his hand is clean. 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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Referenced in Jeopardy!: The IBM Challenge: Day 3 (2011) See more »

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The Other Side of Town
Written and Performed by Steve Earle
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records Inc./E-Squared
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It's great to see professionals at work
31 December 2002 | by Alan-40See all my reviews

I'm not that crazy about the story, which has been put to film at least twice before. (I think the other movie is The Cold Light of Day.) In the other movie, which was set in one of the Soviet bloc countries, there was also a serial killer after young girls, and the detective makes the morally questionable decision to put a girlfriends daughter unknowingly at risk to use as bait. The swingset for the girl beside the road (where the killer would be sure to see her) was copied over from the novel.

For sheer moviemaking prowess, though, this team of actors and Penn as the director is unbeatable. Every performance comes across with perfect sincerity and you forget you are looking at famous actors. There are some surreal touches as well, when bit players from the early part show up on screen late in the story with non speaking roles.

Four stars. Even if you don't like Jack Nicholson.


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