The Statement

The Statement

DVD - 2004
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Publisher: Willowdale, ON : Universal Studios, c2004
ISBN: 9781404936430
1404936432
Branch Call Number: DVD Drama / State 3558
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (119 min.) :,sd., col. ;,12 cm., in container

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empbee
Jul 01, 2017

Fast moving, tense, intriguing with good acting.

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JackPurcell
Oct 21, 2015

Excellent movie about a man who made some terrible mistakes as a young man during WWII and became the target as an old man by those who were complicit in the same crime.

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akirakato
Mar 21, 2015

This is a 2003 thriller directed by Norman Jewison, based on a 1996 novel by Brian Moore.
The plot was inspired by the true story of Paul Touvier, a Vichy French police official, who was indicted after World War II for war crimes.
In 1944, Touvier ordered the execution of seven Jews in retaliation for the Resistance's assassination of Vichy France minister Philippe Henriot.
For decades after the war he escaped trial thanks to an intricate web of protection, which allegedly included senior members of the Roman Catholic priesthood.
He was arrested in 1989 inside a Traditionalist Catholic Priory in Nice and was convicted in 1994.
He died in prison in 1996.
This film makes the case more exciting, thrilling, mysterious and fascinating.

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BertBailey
Nov 14, 2012

Another fine Norman Jewison film, this Canada-UK co-production is a gem of a thriller where Michael Caine gets to show his considerable skills as he'd seldom done since 'The Ipcress File' and 'Get Carter.' This is one of the high points in a career that was also marred by a lot of dreck (by his own admission, it sucked to have been poor: the money was always tempting--sometimes too much so.).
Amazing that an aging actor got the lead in this essentially suspenseful plot - in fact, a thriller. The protagonist has great complexity, being on the lam yet also as pious as they come: killing one minute, asking that others pray for him the next. Outside of Brian Moore's novel, you might feel this complexity is a bit of a stretch, so who better than Caine to pull it off? Who knew that Moore ('Catholics,' 'The Luck of Ginger Coffey') could pen such a thriller, and be so clear-eyed about one of the RC church's more recent areas of criminality?!
The screenplay is by Ronald Harwood, who also took on Polanski's 'The Pianist' and 'Oliver Twist,' Julian Schnabel's (superb) 'The diving bell and the butterfly,' and the screenplay for 'Love in the Time of Cholera.' Many fine actors seem to have lined up for a part in this sharply-plotted caper, which is overspilling with top-flight talent. Sub-leads include Tilda Swinton and a clearly underutilized Jeremy Northam (who's badly served even by the costumes department!). Minor supporting parts feature Alan Bates, Charlotte Rampling, William Hutt and John Neville. Rampling's part is all but microscopic, and only Bates is reasonably well utilized. But why grumble: it's a stellar cast rounding out a fine plot.
Jewison's direction is a bit straight-shooting (unlike his cutting-edge "In the Heat of the Night"), and the settings are all a bit too dreamy - the France depicted is high-rise free, and every location was seemingly approved by a tourist board.
Despite these niggles, this flick's a winner.

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docjnsuss
Sep 02, 2012

A French Nazi collaborator has been in hiding since the end of World War II. Pierre Brossard helped round up seven Jews in a small French village and turned them over to the Nazis. The seven Jews were subsequently executed. A sect within the Catholic Church and French high government officials have been providing sanctuary for Brossard as well as giving him money to live. Mysterious hitmen are trying to kill Broussard and a judge and French colonel are trying to find Brossard in order to try him for crimes against humanity. Brossard must go on the run and it is a question of whether he will be caught, killed or escape justice.

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