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The Statement

The movie The Statement was based on the book The Statement.

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Movie details for The Statement

The movie was released in 2003. The Statement was produced by Sony Pictures. More information on the movie is available on Amazon.com and also IMDb.

Actors on this movie include Alan Bates, Michael Caine, Tilda Swinton, Matt Craven, Christian Erickson, Frank Finlay, Dominic Gould, Ciarán Hinds, Peter Hudson, William Hutt, Noam Jenkins, Joseph Malerba, John Neville, Jeremy Northam, Charlotte Rampling, Colin Salmon, Malcolm Sinclair, Peter Wight and David de Keyser.

 

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Michael Caine's riveting performance is the best reason to see The Statement, a lopsided thriller with conspicuously noble intentions. In crafting a thematic counterpart to his Oscar®-winning script for The Pianist, screenwriter Ronald Harwood draws from ... Read More
Michael Caine's riveting performance is the best reason to see The Statement, a lopsided thriller with conspicuously noble intentions. In crafting a thematic counterpart to his Oscar®-winning script for The Pianist, screenwriter Ronald Harwood draws from another fact-based story set during World War II, adapting Brian Moore's captivating novel about an official French collaborator named Brossard (Caine) who executed seven Jews in 1944, under the Vichy regime of Nazi-occupied France, and eluded justice for decades thereafter. While a passionate French judge (Tilda Swinton) and army colonel (Jeremy Northam) pursue Brossard in 1992, director Norman Jewison smoothly executes a cat-and-mouse plot as Brossard hides in a series of right-wing Catholic sanctuaries. By introducing a conspiracy element not found in Moore's novel, Harwood and Jewison dilute an otherwise riveting story (based on the real-life war crimes of French Milice officer Paul Touvier), resulting in a contradictory portrayal of Caine's sympathetically penitent character. In a film that fails to clarify the maneuvering of its ultimate villains, it's a testament to Caine's skill that The Statement works as well as it does. Charlotte Rampling and the late Alan Bates appear in effective cameo roles. --Jeff Shannon

Book details for The Statement

The Statement was written by Brian Moore. The book was published in 1995 by Dutton. More information on the book is available on Amazon.com.

Brian Moore also wrote The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne (1955), Cold Heaven (1983) and Black Robe (1985).

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