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
When Deborah and Richard visit Krakow Poland, there is a trumpeter playing from the top of a church. That is St. Mary's church, and the trumpet playing is called St. Mary's Trumpet Call. A trumpeter plays a five-note anthem every hour on the hour to denote the time. See more »
When in the Krakow city center, the Hard Rock Cafe can be seen in the background. The events of the movie took place in the 1990s, but this particular Hard Rock Cafe didn't open until 2010. See more »
What did you think, Anthony?
What did I think? I thought it was the most boring morning we've had in court so far.
My God, you love to be contrary.
Well, the man's an anti-Semite and a racist. It's like having shit on your shoe. You wipe it off. You don't study it.
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I think someone else said "generic" and that is the most accurate description of this film.
I think the story is interesting (in real life) but not every real life event should be turned into a movie, and this is probably one of those events. The holocaust is a travesty, but this movie shouldn't have been made.
First off, the dialogue is absolutely horrible. Every scene feels like forced exposition rather than a genuine communication between characters. This is why half the main character's lines are questions, we're just being told what questions we should be asking and then told the answer.
Second, why spend so much time talking about how silly the British system of law is. That's just offensive.
Third, the hero is never in any sort of jeopardy. From the outset she's afforded a high price team of lawyers and she's going up against a person who's so poor he has to represent himself.
Fourth, they spend a whole lot of time speculating and assuming how nasty the villain is and what he'll do if he has the opportunity to interrogate a holocaust survivor, yet we never actual see him do anything horrible. In a movie, you have show why the villain is bad, not say why he's bad, or speculate why he's bad.
Fifth, there's so much build up of trying to get the holocaust survivors on the stand to testify, yet, the main character never makes a decision to not put them on the stand. That's a big problem in a story if the main character never learns something about them self, never makes any decisions, never changes at all through the whole movie.
Overall the biggest problem with the movie is that the main character isn't likable. I was never cheering for her. Maybe in real life she's great, but in the movie, she bashes a person in a book, then bashes the British legal system, then tells the million dollar lawyers how to argue the case, then bashes the lawyers while waiting for the verdict. She just bashes everyone but does nothing herself.
I had really high hopes for this movie and I can't imagine being more disappointed.
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