The Statement

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Genre: Dramas
Director: Norman Jewison - Director/producer
Theatrical Release: 2003
Rated: R (MPAA)
Length: 120 mins
Studio: Sony Pictures Home
Format: DVD
Language: English

While a secret society of Catholic priests hide him in various French abbeys, a network of bitter Jewish assassins track him, and a determined judge attempts to use the law to pin a prison sentence on him. This highly wanted man is Pierre Brossard (Michael Caine) who committed war crimes--not only murdering Jews but also stealing their money and property--when he was a Nazi in World War II. However, Brossard's wrongdoing happened 40 years in the past and he was in hiding long enough that nobody--not even his own wife (Charlotte Rampling)--feels much like protecting him anymore. On the verge of a heart attack, Brossard scampers from one hiding spot to the next, narrowly evading his multiple pursuers.<BR><BR>A top-notch political thriller directed by Norman Jewison (THE THOMAS CROWN AFFAIR) and based on a novel by Brian Moore, THE STATEMENT keeps viewers trapped in suspenseful anticipation. Caine's portrayal of Brossard as a nervous, jittery old man with a guilty conscience is palpably upsetting. Meanwhile Tilda Swinton as the judge, and Jeremy Northam as her assistant, make an excellent and convincing detective team. Interesting film work combines sharp footage of provincial France with black and white flashbacks to grueling WWII executions, making the film visually compelling--an excellent complement to its puzzling plotline.;

Language Usage   Closed Captioned
Release Language   English
Color   Color
HiFi Sound   N
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CXEncoding   N
AC3Sound   N
THXSound   N
DTSStereo   N
Unedited Version   N
Collector's Edition   N
Director's Cut   N
Closed Captioned   N
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Alan Bates - British actor
Frank Finlay - British Actor
John Neville - British Actor
Charlotte Rampling - British Actress
Tilda Swinton - Oscar-winning British actress, MICHAEL CLAYTON
Matt Craven - American actor
Ciaran Hinds - Actor
David De Keyser - Actor/Leon The Pig Farmer
Jeremy Northam - Actor/"The Net"
Noam Jenkins -
Norman Jewison - Director/producer
Norman Jewison - Director/producer
Robert Lantos - Producer
Normand Corbeil -
Brian Moore - Novelist/Screenwriter
Ronald Harwood - Screenwriter, THE PIANIST (2002)
Kevin Jewison - Director of Photography, THE STATEMENT (2003)
Movieline's Hollywood Life
02/01/2004
"THE STATEMENT is thoroughly engrossing....It's Caine as the loathsome yet always human villain who gives the film its riveting center."
Chicago Sun-Times
01/16/2004
"Michael Caine is such a lovely actor....It's a pleasure to watch him craft a character we can care about even when the story keeps throwing him curves."

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