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The Statement (2003)

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

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At the end of World War II, many of those involved in war crimes were prosecuted. Some got away. Until now.

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Thriller | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence | See all certifications »

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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:

$23,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$37,220, 14 December 2003, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$763,044, 28 March 2004
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film cast includes two Oscar winners: Sir Michael Caine and Tilda Swinton; and four Oscar nominees: Charlotte Rampling, Alan Bates, Norman Jewison, and Frank Finlay. See more »

Goofs

When Brossard kills the assassin, he removes the assassin's passport and places it in his right pants pocket. He removes the passport from his left pants pocket while he is sitting in the car at the abbey. See more »

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Features Only You (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

Le premier bonheur du jour
Performed by Françoise Hardy
Written by Jean Renard & Frank Gerald
Published by Les Nouvelles Editions Meridian (SACEM), c/o peermusic Canada, Inc.
Courtesy of Disques Vogue S.A., by arrangement with BMG Music Canada, Inc.
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Kudos to Jewison for an important, intelligent film. Someone I know who hadn't been to the cinema in decades saw The Statement last week and has had his faith in film restored by this movie.
30 December 2003 | by de_rosaSee all my reviews

Kudos to Jewison for an important, intelligent film. Someone I know who hadn't been to the cinema in decades saw The Statement last week and has had his faith in film restored by this movie.

I can't understand why newspaper critics focussed on the fact that French accents weren't used. I find that some directors, not this one, try to add in accents where they are not at all necessary. After all, the "real" characters merely spoke their language, and didn't have "foreign accents". As an English and French speaker, I find the use of accents in other films (that is, where the real character would not have spoken with a "foreign" accent, but in his or her own language) to be provincial at best and distracting at worst. The director is from Canada - as an intelligent person which we can assume he is based on his brilliant career, he would understand the importance of not adding in accents where they would not naturally have occurred.


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