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  • Actors: Sean Connery, Trevor Howard, Vivien Merchant, Ian Bannen
  • Directors: Sidney Lumet
  • Writers: Written by JOHN HOPKINS
  • Producers: Produced by DENIS O'DELL
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: MGM
  • DVD Release Date: April 15, 2010
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003B3NV7C
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #110,048 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Sidney Lumet directs Sean Connery as a British police detective whose 20 years of handling murder, rape and other violent cases culminate in a deadly loss of control during a routine interrogation.

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Here, Connery gives one of his best performances.
JAK
The first 20 minutes seems like some strange distorted Sci-fi film, very eerie and superb, but then it falls into the "ambiguously" absurd category.
Bartok Kinski
Granted, every hearing in a court of law does not guarantee that justice is always served.
V. Risoli

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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By David Dearborn on November 9, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
Anyone wondering about the true acting ability of Sean Connery should catch this grim psychological drama directed with stark realism (as usual) by Sidney Lumet. I knew he could act through the smirks and savoir faire of James Bond and other big movies but the roles always lesser than the surrounding spectacle. 'The Offence' finds Connery in a stripped-down, rough little movie that pits his detective against the late Ian Bannen's child molester suspect. The battle of wits breaks only to look at the cop's equally distressing marital life. Yes, a tough one to watch but marvel at the sheer power of Connery's performance as the driven yet ambivalent detective. If you're a Connery fan, or just a lover of good acting, check this out.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By V. Risoli on January 12, 2015
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"The Offence" (1972) was a well-acted Sidney Lumet directed story that kind of misfired for me because the film told its story too ambiguously, while leaving one with a lot to think about, but it is, upon second and third viewings, cloudy. It remains cloudy about things that should be very determined while watching the story unfold. I was surprised at Sidney Lumet who consistently knows how to tell a story. That includes the very misunderstood "The Appointment" with Omar Sharif and Anouk Aimee. That film was designed to be ambiguous, almost like a Chinese puzzle, but with "The Offence" we really do not have a protagonist as the film tries to give creditability by their very humaness, despicable traits so and the ambiguity never clarifies our doubts. Granted, every hearing in a court of law does not guarantee that justice is always served. Otherwise the film is outstanding. Sean Connery and Vivien Merchant are stellar and Ian Bannen, who appeared with Connery before in "The Hill" (1965) (also directed by Sidney Lumet) (one that I have not seen), I have never seen better. (I wonder when we will get the chance to see him in 1965's ""Mister Moses" starring Robert Mitchum?) "The Offence" was put out on MOD at first, and this very good Blu-ray presentation by Kino Lorber, while affordable, does not have many extras. It was based on John Hopkins' play "This Story of Yours." The film is intelligent, but I don't know what it is that I was supposed to get from it. I am sure others won't agree.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robert C. Cumbow on July 18, 2011
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THE OFFENCE is a tight, taut, gripping drama of psychological suspense that showcases what may be Sean Connery's finest performance. He plays a police inspector whose perception of the world, and his part of it, has begun to fall to pieces after he's seen one bit of brutality too many. The always remarkable, always underrated Ian Bannen plays a suspect in the abduction of a schoolgirl who proves too much of a match for the disintegrating sergent in the interrogation room. Sidney Lumet made many films on many wide-ranging subjects, but always kept returning to crime, law enforcement, and the justice system for his strongest, best-wrought films. Here his viewpoint wavers between the objective and the subjective, creating a visible tension. The camera is so much inside the sergeant's view for so much of the film that we feel the space of the frame straining with its effort to get outside of his nightmare. Lumet did some of his best work with Connery. This film stands with THE HILL as two of the finest works of both the actor and the director.
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Format: Blu-ray
Perfect for director Stanley Lumet's style and approach to material "The Offence" also gives Sean Connery a terrific opportunit to show off his acting chops and shrug off the image of 007. Originally Connery had difficulty getting this adaptation of John Hopkins (who also wrote the screenplay opening it up quite a bit)play backing. Connery agreed to star as 007 for "Diamonds Are Forever" on the condition that United Artists support two moderately budgeted films of his choice and donate his substanial salary to charity. As cool and controled as Connery was playing 007 the year before this was shot, Johnson is all explosive emotions.

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This dark drama features Connery as a police detective John Hopkins on the trail of a serial child molester. Once Johnson nabs his suspect things go awry during his interrogation. Hopkins is burned out so much so that his superior (Peter Bowles- "The Avengers" TV series among many other projects-who is curiously revoiced by another actor)has begun to doubt Hopkins' decisions, choics and abilites to judge his suspects. When they pull in suspect Kenneth Baxter (Ian Bannen-"Waking Ned Devine"), Johnson becomes unhinged.

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Lumet who did such classics as "Price of the City", "12 Angry Men" and "Network" brings his unwavering critical gaze on the corrosion of the soul that dealing with the worst sort of criminals can do eroding the morality of a normal man. Lumet's approach here is no frills as was often his style--no stylized action scenes glorifying violence and designed to make the audience root without thought for the good guy.
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