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237 Ratings

The Offence

Directed by Sidney Lumet
United Kingdom, United States, 1972
Thriller, Crime, Drama


In the third—and arguably greatest—of Lumet’s five collaborations with Sean Connery, the actor gives a revelatory performance as a burned-out British detective on a task force searching for an accused child molester.

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The Offence Directed by Sidney Lumet

Awards & Festivals

BAFTA Awards

1974 | Nominee: Best Supporting Actor

Critics reviews

Few genre films come as close to entering the abyss as Sidney Lumet’s The Offence, which effectively plays out as one elongated interrogation both of a single witness and the tortured psyche of Sergeant Johnson (Sean Connery).
December 16, 2014
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The center of such a thing is unclassifiable, but the film’s ending pulls away from the importance of confession, presenting us with thought-crimes that cannot be verbalized. Cop and sex-crook are united not because one longs to take the other’s place but because they are the only ones who gaze so deeply and coldly upon the aftermath of the unspeakable crime. It’s less, then, about confessing than about witnessing, the pressure of which sometimes demands internal combustion.
October 03, 2012
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