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The Offense Sidney Lumet

The Offense Sydney Lumet. This radical and strong movie is about Sergent Johnson, a police officer, who, after twenty years of carrier, chases a raper of girls, in the suburbs of a big city of England.

Sydney LumetWith Sean Connery (Sergent Johnson), Trevor Howard (Superintendant Cartwright), Ian Bannen (Kenneth Baxter) , Vivien Merchant (Maureen Johnson)

 

The Offense,

masterpiece of 1973

released in France in….2007

 

Directed as a play, this movie has been adapted from the eponymous by his author John HopkinsThe Offence is a movie dedicated to  Sean Connery, at his best in this part, as a lost, ambiguous officer who breaks down.

Dialogue is powerful, the brutal and violence of the score composed by Harrison Birtwistle reinforces the anxiety of the scenes behind closed doors.

The photography of Gerry Fisher, who also worked on Joseph Losey movies (“Mr Klein”, “Secret Ceremony”...), is another particularity. Scenes switched between deep dark black and blinding white lights.

 

Controversy

 

Sidney Lumet tackles pedophilia, barely treated at that time (and still not today…). He also added some subliminal pictures (as in “The Pawnbroker”).

Sean Connery did change his glamorous image at that time by playing in this movie.

Some said that Sean Connery also worked on the script. He played in other Sidney Lumet movies: The Hill”, “The Anderson” (1971),  “The Orient-Express  Crime” (1974) and “Family Business” (1989).

Released in 1973 in the USA, “The Offence” didn’t get out till 2007 thanks to Swashbuckler Film (no TV, no movie theater before). United Artists didn’t want at that time,  Sean Connery image to be tarnished because of his character in all James Bond ‘ movie pictures.

It is a must-see movie. A classical.

Trailer

 

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1 Comment
  • princecranoir
    Posted at 13:52h, 20 February Reply

    Un excellent film de Lumet, très sombre. Un interrogatoire étourdissant et étouffant.

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