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The Offence (1973)

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Post by joachimt » May 14th, 2017, 7:35 pm

Film of the Week #176: The Offence (1973)

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In Sidney Lumet's harrowing portrayal of police brutality, Detective Sergeant Johnson has been with the British Police Force for 20 years. In that time, the countless murders, rapes and other serious crimes he has had to investigate has left a terrible mark on him. His anger and aggression that had been suppressed for years finally surfaces when interviewing a suspect, Baxter, whom Johnson is convinced is the man that has been carrying out a series of brutal attacks on young girls. Throughout the interview Johnson brutally beats Baxter and during this ordeal he inadvertently reveals that the state of his own mind is probably no better than that of the offenders who committed the crimes that disgusted Johnson originally.

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Post by xianjiro » May 15th, 2017, 12:39 am

I've put it on hold - will take a couple weeks to get though. :(

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Post by Armoreska » May 15th, 2017, 8:02 am

xianjiro on May 14 2017, 06:39:08 PM wrote:I've put it on hold - will take a couple weeks to get though. :(
That's ok. I'm sure JT can also designate this Film of the Month
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Post by joachimt » May 15th, 2017, 11:35 am

Just finished it. I like the fact that the movie doesn't go in the direction you'd expect at the beginning. When the girl is missing, I was expecting a regular police-hunting-bad-guy-movie, but instead it became a psychological drama about a messed up policeman. Didn't go deep enough to make me fully interested in the character, but still interesting enough to keep my attention. 7/10
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Post by mathiasa » May 15th, 2017, 12:13 pm

I watched this at in hotel apartment during the icm meetup in london, when we where there to watch Glance's Napoleon.

Once more, I agree with joachimt in words and rating.

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Post by xianjiro » May 16th, 2017, 9:45 pm

Armoreska on May 15 2017, 02:02:36 AM wrote:
xianjiro on May 14 2017, 06:39:08 PM wrote:I've put it on hold - will take a couple weeks to get though. :(
That's ok. I'm sure JT can also designate this Film of the Month
d'oh! Just realized I've actually seen this - but can't say I remember it. Maybe all I need is a refresher.

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Post by sebby » May 21st, 2017, 5:37 am

Also have to echo joachim's sentiments. Wish we would have gotten a bit more behind the 8 ball of Connery's mental break. Did love the brutal naturalism. That's the Lumet I like. Took a glance at his filmography and wasn't quite aware how prolific he was. People talk a lot about Woody Allen making a film a year but Lumet pretty much did the same thing for about half a century.

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Post by xianjiro » May 21st, 2017, 10:29 pm

yeah, remembered this one pretty quickly. Have watched plenty of cop shows and movies and remember not being that impressed. It hasn't aged all that well. Maybe it felt gritty and 'natural' at the time, but now it feels stilted and stiff. Clearly wants to move from the cop as hero to cop as complex character. It's mostly the acting that leaves me cold though the writing isn't stellar. But yeah, it's cool that it's not just the usual and we get inside the character's head, especially as it cracks. IDK, felt Connery over-sold it though and that weird lens filter thing... Still comfortable with a 7 though a weak 7 at that.

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Post by blocho » May 30th, 2017, 12:29 am

Brutal and uncomfortable. Excellent direction from Lumet, and I like Connery's work a lot. The supporting players are also very strong. My one quibble is that it doesn't get beyond the staginess of the source material.

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