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The Confession 1999 R CC

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:
Ben Kingsley, Amy Irving
Runtime:
1 hour, 54 minutes

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Genres Drama, Thriller
Director David Hugh Jones
Starring Ben Kingsley, Amy Irving
Supporting actors Ryan Marsini, Alec Baldwin, Boyd Gaines, Anne Twomey, Lázaro Pérez, Becky Ann Baker, Mike Hodge, Mark Ethan, Kevin Conway, Richard Jenkins, Joseph Mosso, Kevin McClarnon, Jay O. Sanders, Ken Marks, Laura Esterman, Christopher Lawford, Marian Quinn, John Seitz
Studio Lionsgate
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
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Format: DVD
"The Confession" is an odd little legal thriller that was either made for Cable TV or went straight to video. Either way, it could never have succeeded as a theatrical release. It is neither visceral enough for younger viewers nor cerebral enough for older ones. It is intended, I think, to spark philosophical debate, but its over-the-top scenario doesn't lend itself to serious intellectual scrutiny.
A ruthless, unethical lawyer [Alec Baldwin], who is vying to be the district attorney of a major city, finds his world turned upside down when he is urged to defend a businessman [Ben Kingsley] who is charged with killing three hospital workers in cold blood. The motive? Revenge. The victims were indifferent when the man and his wife [Amy Irving] rushed their critically ill young son to the hospital. Unable to receive proper treatment, the boy dies in his father's arms in a taxi on the way to another hospital. For reasons revealed at the end of the movie, the lawyer is paid handsomely - and virtually promised the DA job - if he can get the man off via an insanity plea. The problem is that the defendant isn't crazy and actually wants to be convicted of the crimes.
I have not read "Fertig", the novel on which this movie is based. Perhaps the arguments about right and wrong, crime and punishment come through in the book. A major flaw in the film is that the audience can never connect with the accused. In the short scenes showing the man interacting with the son, strong bonds are never adequately demonstrated. During the medical crisis, one is left to wonder why the couple didn't call 911 rather than taking a cab. The murders are depicted in a brutal fashion. The movie might have worked better if both the killings and the couple's relationship with the son were never actually shown, but only alluded to at the beginning. This would have allowed the audience to imagine these things and perhaps then identified more closely with the father.
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By A Customer on September 26, 2003
Format: DVD
"The Confession" is a respectably good legal-thriller plot marred by wooden, stereotyped acting and directing. I'm not a bit surprised to learn that the director works mostly in TV - this has the feel of one of those USA Network evening dramas, all slick surfaces and cardboard characters. The plot appeals to the viewer's intelligence at the same time the presentation insults it.
Alec Baldwin, as expected, does creditably well in the role of Alec Baldwin, but the "A" list aspirations of the picture are lowered to "B" movie level by the presence of cartoons like Jay Sanders' Jac Renoble. Sanders plays the big coporate bad guy as your typical TV alpha male powermeister, purring pre-fabricated menace with every whispered syllable (at one point he even says: "When I buy things..I do what I want with them," while caressing a large wooden model yacht.)
The biggest hole in the picture is Ben Kingsley's portrayal of the devout murderer. We're obviously not meant to fall in love with him, but Kingsley's Harry Fertig is barely even worthy of our sympathy - stiff, pious, grave, talking in Old Testament platitudes, it's difficult to imagine him truly loving his dead son or anything but the idea of God he's always going on about. It left a taste in this viewer's mouth that distracted from what otherwise was a compelling story.
I'd be interested to read the novel this was made from. The story undoubtedly deserved better treatment.
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Depth of story, great moral decisions, and acting by Kingsley, Baldwin and Irving on par with those attributes. Perfect mix for courtroom drama, which is so hard to come by, this was perfect.
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By jimi on October 28, 2014
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WELL DONE FILM..BEN KINGSLEY PERFORMANCE IS EXCELLENT AND ALEX BALDWIN DOES A GOOD JOB IN HIS TRANSITION FROM A MONEY LAWYER TO A HUMAN BEING...WELL WORTH WATCHING
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Saw this movie on TV and immediately wanted to order it. Alec Baldwin and Ben Kingsley were really great in this movie.
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Who but Ben Kingsley could have played that part. Certainly a movie with a conscience. Worth viewing.
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An excellent movie with great momentum. A must see. Alec Baldwin at his best.
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Very good movie would tell others about this one
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