The Confession 1999 R

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(17) IMDb 5.9/10
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THE CONFESSION is a gripping courtroom thriller about a man who loses everything an in return gains his soul. It explores one man's quest for justice and another's man's perception of morality. The scheming dynamics of each character builds to a pulse- pounding conclusion when the lines between good and evil are crossed.

Starring:
Alec Badlwin, Ben Kingsley
Runtime:
1 hour 55 minutes

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The Confession

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Thriller
Director David Hugh Jones
Starring Alec Badlwin, Ben Kingsley
Supporting actors Ryan Marsini, Alec Baldwin, Boyd Gaines, Anne Twomey, Lázaro Pérez, Becky Ann Baker, Mike Hodge, Mark Ethan, Kevin Conway, Richard Jenkins, Joe Mosso, Kevin McClarnon, Jay O. Sanders, Ken Marks, Laura Esterman, Christopher Lawford, Marian Quinn, John Seitz
Studio Lionsgate
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Rental rights 24 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
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Customer Reviews

Very good movie with lots of great acting and twists.
Barbara Mollenkopf
A provocative idea, an interesting character who demands a worthy portrayal, an opportunity to explain himself, or just express himself.
Mr. Cairene
I've watched it twice, and will undoubtedly watch again.
Paul Bowman

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sheryl S. Schelin on July 8, 2008
Format: DVD
It's interesting to see all these reviews focused in on the "ludicrous" plot hook -- a sick child is allowed to get worse and die in an ER waiting room. I wonder what all the reviewers think now, when (as I write this) leading the news is the story of a woman who died in an ER waiting room waiting to be seen.

Not that this small bit of vindication helps the movie in any way. It's still meandering, rough, less than compelling.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Michael Butts HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on April 5, 2004
Format: DVD
If nothing else, THE CONFESSION is an honest attempt to look at our society and see what is really important: when healthcare professionals take their jobs seriously, when does a cigarette break justify the death of a five year old with a burst appendix? Ben Kingsley stars as a father whose son dies in his arms in a taxi on the way to another hospital, because the clerk, doctor and nurse in the emergency room failed to meet their responsibilities. While a bit overblown in execution, the movie achieves its thrust on this tragic incident. Kingsley later murders in cold blood those three medical professionals and then wants to be punished for the crimes.
Step in seedy Alec Baldwin as a career-driven lawyer who wants to become District Attorney, who is given the case and told to plead Kingsley not guilty due to insanity. There's a deeper reason for this plot device, and it involves more than just Kingsley's guilt.
While Baldwin and Amy Irving do well in their roles as the lawyer and Kingsley's wife, the movie suffers most because of the fiercely unemotional performance of Kingsley. While one can feel his rage, his cold demeanor, the way he treats his wife, and his inability to think outside his own rage, makes for a very unsympathetic character. Softening him up some would have made the movie more relative.
Still, a good, well done film overall.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By R. Kyle TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 26, 2005
Format: DVD
Did anyone who worked on this film ever hear of the concept of TRIAGE? No, I am not a healthcare professional, but I have been in ERs in three states myself or with family and friends. No patient is ever brought in and told to just 'sign in, we'll be with you in a minute.' You're interviewed by a triage nurse who assigns you a rating based on battlefield assessments:

1. They'll recover on their own if they're not seen to. This category has the longest to wait.

2. They'll need your help to recover. Generally, this is the priority one patient.

3. They need your help, but they're not going to recover. Priority two---because they can save lives if they see priority one first.

If they'd just done their research, they'd have known this--and I'm certain the writers could have found a more believable premise to slam the healthcare industry. For example, waiting on approval for your HMO to refer you to a specialist, waiting on board approval for surgery, etc.

What's the plot? Harry Fertig (Ben Kingsley's) son is ill with what they think is the flu. He and his wife Sara (Amy Irving) take their son to the ER. They're told to 'sign in and sit down.' As their son's condition worsens, Fertig pleas with a doc and nurse for help--they're on break. They finally go to take their son to another hospital and he dies in the cab from a ruptured appendix. In justice, Fertig shoots the doctor, nurse, and ward clerk. High powered and high profile attorney with serious ambitions, Roy Bleakie (Baldwin) is hired by Fertig's boss to defend Fertig and get him off on an NGRI (Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity) defense. The catch: Fertig doesn't want off.
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By Paul Bowman on March 16, 2014
Format: Amazon Instant Video
I've seen this film called 'sluggish' in one or two reviews written back when it first aired. For my part, I'd call it deliberate rather than sluggish. In fact, I'd say pacing is one of things that makes this work well. The conventional verisimilitude of most things made for popular screen large and small isn't what this is aiming for, evidently. Jones's direction surrounds the characters and their plain yet strange speech with odd space — and suspends them, to our surprise and perhaps discomfort, somewhat apart from that familiar New York 'Law & Order' setting which they otherwise inhabit in the usual way. It's very effective, I think. I've watched it twice, and will undoubtedly watch again.
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After ignoring the parents many pleas for help, the parents try for help elsewhere. NOT AS FAST PACED or bloody as most movies, but if you are looking for a good story on morals, this is it!
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Watched a part of this on HBO but missed mi\ost of it so I hasd to buy it. Very good movie with lots of great acting and twists.
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By Maricarmen on February 15, 2013
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Great movie! I really enjoy watching it. Excellent actors and performing. Give you the chance to watch it. You won't regret.
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By rtucker90 on January 19, 2013
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This was a gift for my wife, and just to see her face light up when she opened it was delight enough for me to love it,
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