There's a powerful confrontation of authority and accused between police sergeant Sean Connery and suspected child molester Ian Bannen in Sidney Lumet's The Offence. A brilliant scene, however, does not in itself make for a brilliant overall feature.

There’s a powerful confrontation of authority and accused between police sergeant Sean Connery and suspected child molester Ian Bannen in Sidney Lumet’s The Offence. A brilliant scene, however, does not in itself make for a brilliant overall feature.

This often cold and dreary tale is about the self realization of a veteran police officer that his own mind contains much of the evil with which he is confronted daily. Indeed, his willing accumulation of brutality and violence-packed incidents is recognized almost immediately by Bannen and it is not long before accuser becomes the accused.

However, the lengthy lead-up to this important scene is played against dreary backgrounds and with colorless people.

The Offence

US - UK

Production

United Artists/Tantallon. Director Sidney Lumet; Producer Denis O'Dell; Screenplay John Hopkins; Camera Gerry Fisher; Editor John Victor Smith; Music Harrison Birtwistle; Art Director John W. Clark

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1973. Running time: 112 MIN.

With

Sean Connery Trevor Howard Vivien Merchant Ian Bannen Derek Newark Peter Bowles
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