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The Statement

  • R
  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • While a secret society of Catholic priests hide him in various French abbeys, a network of bitter Jewish assassins track him, and a determined judge attempts to use the law to pin a prison sentence on him. This highly wanted man is Pierre Brossard (Michael Caine) who committed war crimes--not only murdering Jews but also stealing their money and property--when he was a Nazi in World War II. However, Brossard's wrongdoing happened 40 years in the past and he was in hiding long enough that nobody--not even his own wife (Charlotte Rampling)--feels much like protecting him anymore. On the verge of a heart attack, Brossard scampers from one hiding spot to the next, narrowly evading his multiple pursuers.

    A top-notch political thriller directed by Norman Jewison (THE THOMAS CROWN AFFAIR) and based on a novel by Brian Moore, THE STATEMENT keeps viewers trapped in suspenseful anticipation. Caine's portrayal of Brossard as a nervous, jittery old man with a guilty conscience is palpably upsetting. Meanwhile Tilda Swinton as the judge, and Jeremy Northam as her assistant, make an excellent and convincing detective team. Interesting film work combines sharp footage of provincial France with black and white flashbacks to grueling WWII executions, making the film visually compelling--an excellent complement to its puzzling plotline.
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 01368

  • Credits
    Michael Caine, Maurice Joseph Micklewhite, Tilda Swinton, Jeremy Northam, Charlotte Rampling, Alan Bates, Matt Craven, Frank Finlay, Ciaran Hinds, Noam Jenkins, David De Keyser, John Neville
  • Critic Reviews
    "THE STATEMENT is thoroughly engrossing....It's Caine as the loathsome yet always human villain who gives the film its riveting center."
    Movieline's Hollywood Life

    "Michael Caine is such a lovely actor....It's a pleasure to watch him craft a character we can care about even when the story keeps throwing him curves."
    Chicago Sun-Times

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