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Denial (2016)

PG-13 | | Biography, Drama | 21 October 2016 (USA)
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Acclaimed writer and historian Deborah E. Lipstadt must battle for historical truth to prove the Holocaust actually occurred when David Irving, a renowned denier, sues her for libel.

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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »

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... Deborah Lipstadt
... Richard Rampton
... David Irving
... Anthony Julius
... James Libson
... Laura Tyler
... Sir Charles Gray
... Vera Reich
... Prof. Robert Jan Van Pelt
... Prof. Richard Evans
... Libby Holbrook
Pip Carter ... Anthony Forbes-Watson
Jackie Clune ... Heather Rogers
... Thomas Skelton-Robinson
... Nik Wachsman
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Based on the acclaimed book "History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier," DENIAL recounts Deborah E. Lipstadt's (Academy Award winner Rachel Weisz) legal battle for historical truth against David Irving (Cannes Award winner Timothy Spall), who accused her of libel when she declared him a Holocaust denier. In the English legal system in Defamation, the burden of proof is on the accused, therefore it was up to Lipstadt and her legal team to prove the essential truth that the Holocaust occurred. Also starring two-time Academy Award nominee Tom Wilkinson, the film is directed by Emmy Award winner Mick Jackson ("Temple Grandin") and adapted for the screen by BAFTA and Academy Award nominated writer David Hare (THE READER). Producers are Gary Foster and Russ Krasnoff. Written by Bleecker Street

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When one man put the Holocaust on trial, she was forced to defend history. See more »

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Biography | Drama

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Rated PG-13 for thematic material and brief strong language | See all certifications »

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$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$93,728, 2 October 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$4,072,226, 16 December 2016
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All the dialogue in the courtroom scenes is taken verbatim from the trial records. See more »

Goofs

The wrong BBC logo (1997) is used in the 1996 section of the film along with the wrong Channel 5 logo (2011) in the 2000 section. When Deborah Lipstadt is running, she passes a Clinton storefront (2012) also in the 2000 section. See more »

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Richard Rampton: The coward threatens only where he is safe.
[Quoting Goethe: "Der Feige droht nur, wo er sicher ist"]
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References Masterpiece Classic (1971) See more »

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La Giesango
Performed by Dikanda
Licensed courtesy of Dikanda
Composed by Traditional Time
Arranged by Anna Witczak
Published by Dikanda
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Disappointing
27 February 2017 | by See all my reviews

I was very much looking forward for this one. Apart from my interest in philosophy, which I think this story touches a great deal on, the content about what the story is saying is by itself important and intriguing. We live in a world that is full of shades of truth and lie, but there are things that simply aren't up for debate. That's what we call facts, be them historical facts or empirical facts. So my expectation was high. And that may have just been too much. Deborah Lipstadt, as played in the movie by Rachel Weisz, is just too affected and dumb to make any sense of. Her lines don't make sense and she is constantly trying to appear just too much involved in the story, but highly unconvincingly. Her acting and scripts are very bad, and they ruin a great part of the movie. You have to constantly keep ignoring her and focus on the story at large to avoid losing interest in the movie completely. It's a shame, because the story has much potential that touches on a lot of important philosophical issues, such as truth, ethics, rights. Indeed, it's a lost opportunity.


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