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The Statement (2003)

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Tale of a former Nazi executioner who becomes a target of hitmen and Police investigators.

Director:

Norman Jewison

Writers:

Ronald Harwood (screenplay), Brian Moore (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Caine ... Pierre Brossard
Tilda Swinton ... Annemarie Livi
Jeremy Northam ... Colonel Roux
Alan Bates ... Armand Bertier
Charlotte Rampling ... Nicole
John Neville ... Old Man
Ciarán Hinds ... Pochon
Frank Finlay ... Commissaire Vionnet
William Hutt William Hutt ... Le Moyne
Matt Craven ... David Manenbaum
Noam Jenkins ... Michael Levy
Peter Wight ... Inspector Cholet
Malcolm Sinclair ... Cardinal of Lyon
Colin Salmon ... Father Patrice
David de Keyser David de Keyser ... Dom André (as David De Keyser)
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Storyline

1992. The French government has passed a law punishing crimes against humanity allowing them to prosecute Nazi collaborators from WWII. Magistrate Annemarie Livi has been assigned the case of Pierre Brossard, a police officer in Dombey, France in June, 1944, when he helped round up a group of Jewish persons and personally chose seven of them to be executed. Brossard was captured and held in police custody in 1955 following a trial where he was sentenced to death for being a collaborator, before he was able to escape. Brossard has since received a Presidential pardon for those crimes. Livi enlists the help of Colonel Roux of the French Army to assist in this case in she not trusting the police who assisted the Vichy regime during the war. While Roux informs her that he is aware of an unknown Jewish organization that is also tracking and wanting to execute Brossard, Livi knows that the pardon was arranged by someone who must have been an associate of Brossard - who she refers to as "The... Written by Huggo

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A fugitive. A conspiracy. A crime. A cover-up. See more »

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Serendipity Point Films

Country:

Canada | France | UK

Language:

English | German | Italian | Latin | French

Release Date:

27 February 2004 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

A Confissão See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$27,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$37,220, 14 December 2003

Gross USA:

$765,637

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,079,822
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Third to last theatrical movie of Frank Finlay (Commissaire Vionnet). See more »

Goofs

When the statement is shown being typed, the typist underlines the name Pierre Brossard except for the P. When it is shown completed, the name is underlined completely. See more »

Quotes

Pierre Brossard: Pray that we meet again... in this world.
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Features Only You (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

Le Chemin des Forains
Music by Henri Sauguet
Lyrics by Jean Dréjac
Performed by Baguette Quartette
Published by G. Schirmer Inc., administered by Music Sales Corporation
Courtesy of Baguette Quartette
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Better than Critics Say
5 August 2004 | by gelman@attglobal.netSee all my reviews

"The Statement" deserves far better ratings than critics have given it. In the first place, it's NOT about an ex-Nazi in flight. It's about a French collaborator, the Vichy Government, France's failure to confront the role its officials -- some still in power -- played in the Holocaust, and the efforts of right wingers in the Catholic Church to shelter the collaborator. Michael Caine is superb in the leading role, and Tilda Swinton and Jeremy Northam are excellent as the judge and army colonel who are trying to bring him to justice while those who formerly hid him seek to execute him, blaming a non-existent group of Jewish vigilantes. The supporting cast, which includes the wonderful Charlotte Rampling in a minor role as the collaborator's undivorced wife, is also quite good. I don't see how anyone can complain that this movie "drags." While there are legitimate criticisms that could be made about unexplained motives, the action moves at the appropriate pace given the complexity of the story it is telling.


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