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      The Offence

      R 1973 1h 52m Drama Crime List
      71% Tomatometer 14 Reviews 72% Audience Score 1,000+ Ratings A veteran British police inspector, Sgt. Johnson (Sean Connery), has grown increasingly disturbed by the rapes and murders he has investigated over the years. When he finds a young girl in the woods who has been raped, police begin searching for a suspect. When Kenneth Baxter (Ian Bannen) is brought in for questioning, Johnson snaps, beating him during an unauthorized interrogation. Lt. Cartwright (Trevor Howard) is then brought in to interview him about the incident. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      Wendy Ide Times (UK) The third collaboration between Sean Connery and the director Sidney Lumet is an unsettling glimpse into the toxic mind of a policeman who has been polluted by the horrors witnessed over the course of his career. Rated: 4/5 May 12, 2015 Full Review Richard Schickel TIME Magazine Lumet's direction strives to give to material that is neither edifying nor suspenseful a fake profundity, stretching it to unconscionable lengths. May 12, 2015 Full Review Variety Staff Variety There's a powerful confrontation of authority and accused between police sergeant Sean Connery and suspected child molester Ian Bannen in Sidney Lumet's The Offence. A brilliant scene, however, does not in itself make for a brilliant overall feature. Apr 4, 2011 Full Review Christopher Hudson The Spectator A great disappointment. May 12, 2015 Full Review David Parkinson Radio Times Gritty police programmes are now so much a part of the TV landscape that it is hard to realise that a feature like The Offence once packed quite a punch. Rated: 3/5 May 12, 2015 Full Review Fernando F. Croce CinePassion This unrelentingly somber policier inaugurates a newfound force in Lumet's work. May 12, 2015 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Jelisije J A off paced film that gives you a great intriguing character in Sean Connery as a detective of the british police force that has a dark twisted secret.....if the first half of this movie was as good as the last 30 minutes then this would be a bona fide classic. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/11/24 Full Review Peter G You hopefully found my comments from a few minutes ago. Anyway, this may be Connery's most powerful dramatic performance. He & Lumet worked together several times & although this film is not for everyone it's disturbing impact registers strongly with me. THE OFFENSE remains a powerful & disturbing experience & understandably a number of viewers then could not deal with its intense portrait of a psychologically impaired police officer who goes off the rails while interrogating a criminal suspect. This film following directly after DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER was, for many, a shock due to Connery‘s repellent character. The character played superbly by Ian Bannan would arose almost anyone's suspicions but his actual guilt remains uncertain & Connery‘s violent reaction to him reveals even more about the officer‘s psyche than it does the suspect. Vivien Merchant as Connery‘s long suffering & unloved wife is affecting & Trevor Howard as Connery‘ superior is vivid as well. This was one of Lumet‘s several fine films that did not, IMO, receive the recognition it deserved & showcases his formidable abilities in directing his actors. Right up to his last film, BEFORE THE DEVIL KNOWS YOUR DEAD, which is an even greater achievement, Lumet demonstrated these qualities & perhaps will be best remembered because of these virtues. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 11/19/23 Full Review Rami A If I were in Sean Connery's shoes, I'd be just as ominous and forceful as he was in this movie. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 10/11/23 Full Review Martin B Decide to watch this movie, you'll see some great actors doing some of the most intense scenes you'll ever see but prepare yourself for a psychological downer. A broken cop with hidden deviant thoughts. Made worse by not being able to compartmentalize the horrors he sees on the job from his homelife. An hour and 52 minutes of pure pain and horrible behavior. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/22/23 Full Review Audience Member Brilliant,dark,atmospheric,worthwatching for Ian Bannens performance alone. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/15/23 Full Review Audience Member Abusive Connery's Aggressively Bleak Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/30/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis A veteran British police inspector, Sgt. Johnson (Sean Connery), has grown increasingly disturbed by the rapes and murders he has investigated over the years. When he finds a young girl in the woods who has been raped, police begin searching for a suspect. When Kenneth Baxter (Ian Bannen) is brought in for questioning, Johnson snaps, beating him during an unauthorized interrogation. Lt. Cartwright (Trevor Howard) is then brought in to interview him about the incident.
      Director
      Sidney Lumet
      Producer
      Denis O'Dell
      Screenwriter
      John Hopkins
      Production Co
      Tantallon
      Rating
      R
      Genre
      Drama, Crime
      Original Language
      English (United Kingdom)
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Feb 4, 2017
      Runtime
      1h 52m
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