#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – In Sidney Lumet’s harrowing portrayal of police brutality, Detective Sergeant Johnson’s been on the police force for 12 years. In that time, the number murders, rapes, and other felony crimes he’s investigated has left a terrible mark on his psyche. His bottled-up anger and rage finally explode whilst interviewing Baxter – a suspect in a series of brutal attacks on young girls. Throughout the interview, Johnson brutally beats Baxter and reveals the state of his own mind is probably no better than some of the offenders who’ve comitted the crimes that disgust him.
Plot: A burned-out British police detective finally snaps while interrogating a suspected child molester.
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Superb psychological thriller with a brilliant Connery performance.
This is a superb psychological thriller with a brilliant lead performance from Sean Connery.
Connery plays a police detective nearing burn-out, the fuse for which is provided by a child molester on the loose. When a suspect (Ian Bannen) is arrested, the detective takes it upon himself to interrogate the man — and ends up beating him to death. From there, the film examines what drove the detective to do it, through individual scenes with his wife (Vivien Merchant) and the internal affairs officer investigating the beating (Trevor Howard). The final third of the film takes us step by step through the interrogation, as Bannen turns the psychological tables on Connery, making the detective see exactly the sort of animal that he has become as a result of twenty years of dealing unrelentingly with violence and death.
John Hopkins’ screenplay plays very much like a stage play (it was adapted from Hopkins’ play “This Story of Yours”), but in this case it works to the film’s advantage as Connery’s life is compartmentalized (by virtue of the scene structure) in a way that makes his personal life seem completely walled-off from his job, and his job completely walled off from the interrogation. As a result, his character’s inability to deal with anything but his job (and consequently, even that) gives us marvelous clues as to why he does what he does. Sidney Lumet’s direction — his third venture with Connery (previously the two worked on two of Connery’s best films: “The Hill” (1965) and “The Anderson Tapes” (1971)) — utilizes the stagy conventions well to advance the story and to enhance the performances.
As for the performances, these are uniformly excellent. Connery has never been better, playing a character who is anything but invulnerable, instead being a bundle of nerves and frustrations which explode into violence at crucial moments. Bannen is every bit his match as a complex, manipulative character who is at the same time sympathetic (as Connery’s victim) and repulsive (for the sadistic delight he takes in pushing Connery’s buttons). Indeed, one of the strengths of the story is that it is never revealed whether Bannen did in fact molest the children in question — by doing so, the film makes us understand that this is not the issue. Instead, the film is more about internal demons — how we all have them, and how we can either control or be controlled by them.
Howard is solid in what is perhaps the least interesting role in the film, but Merchant is phenomenal as Connery’s plain wife, who has withstood his emotional abuse and neglect for years, sometimes in silence, sometimes not, but always with dignity. In perhaps one of the most poignant moments in the film, Connery, half-drunk, looks up at her, and asks in wonderment, “Weren’t you ever pretty?” Merchant’s lines following that are less important for their text, than for her reading of them — wounded, but still confronting her husband like a prize fighter who’s determined not be knocked out by a cheap shot in the fifteenth round.
Perhaps the greatest tragedy of this film is that it is practically unknown in the United States, and that it did not air in enough American theaters to qualify for the Oscars. Otherwise, it would quite likely have resulted in Oscar nominations for Connery (in an otherwise weak year for the Best Actor category, the only comparable performance nominated was Al Pacino’s in “Serpico”), Bannen, and Merchant, not to mention Hopkins and possibly Lumet. All the same, definitely a film worth seeing if you’re tired of watching detective films where Bruce Willis or Mel Gibson blow away half of Los Angeles.
Bleak, intense and disturbing – a masterclass from both Sidney Lumet and Sean Connery!
Based on a stage play by John Hopkins and directed by Sidney Lumet, The Offence is a dark and dismal tale of police brutality. I am not at all surprised to learn that this film did not do well at the box office upon its release in the summer of 1972; and the reason for that is simply that it is not a film for everyone. The uncompromisingly bleak tone as well as the unpleasant subject matter will be too much for some, but if you can get past that; what we have here is a very intense and interesting character study, as well as a film that sees the great Sean Connery give one of the best performances of his impressive career. The plot focuses on a series of brutal attacks on young girls. Experienced Detective Johnson has brought in a suspect whom he believes may be the one who carried out the attacks and begins to interview him. During the interview, Johnson comes to believe more and more that the man he is speaking to is the man behind the attacks and after discussing with him, the detective finally loses his rag and takes it out on the suspect.
Sidney Lumet is a great director who often doesn’t get the respect he deserves. The director has had hits with films such as Dog Day Afternoon and 12 Angry Men; but films such as this one and Equus often don’t get the respect they deserve and that’s a shame. While this film is not perfect and parts of it are more interesting than others; the director ensures that the tension is bubbling all the time and every exchange between the central character and whoever he is talking to (e.g. the suspect, his wife, his boss) is very intense and we are often allowed to get inside the character’s head. This is also thanks to the great Sean Connery who is absolute powerhouse in the lead role and constantly impresses throughout the film. The story asks a lot of questions and doesn’t give out all the answers; which serves in making the film more interesting as the viewer is forced to come to their own conclusions. The final half hour of the film is truly brilliant and this part alone justifies the entire story. The Offence may not have the best reputation; but it’s a film well worth seeing and I highly recommend it.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 52 min (112 min)
Genre Crime, Drama, Thriller
Director Sidney Lumet
Writer John Hopkins
Actors Sean Connery, Trevor Howard, Vivien Merchant
Country United Kingdom, United States
Awards Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award1 nomination total
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Mono
Aspect Ratio 1.66 : 1
Camera Panavision Cameras and Lenses
Laboratory DeLuxe, London, UK (color)
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm (Eastman 100T 5254)
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm