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The Statement
The Statement
Actors: Michael Caine, Tilda Swinton, Alan Bates, Jeremy Northam, Charlotte Rampling
Director: Norman Jewison
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Horror, Mystery & Suspense, Military & War
R     2004     2hr 0min

A former Nazi executioner becomes a target of hit men and the police.

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Actors: Michael Caine, Tilda Swinton, Alan Bates, Jeremy Northam, Charlotte Rampling
Director: Norman Jewison
Creators: David M. Thompson, Jason Piette, Julia Rosenberg, Mark Musselman, Michael Cowan, Brian Moore, Ronald Harwood
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Horror, Mystery & Suspense, Military & War
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Horror, Mystery & Suspense, Military & War
Studio: Sony Pictures
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen,Anamorphic - Closed-captioned,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 04/27/2004
Release Year: 2004
Run Time: 2hr 0min
Screens: Color,Widescreen,Anamorphic
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 4
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English
Subtitles: English

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Member Movie Reviews

Samuel K. (Solvanda)
Reviewed on 3/18/2019...
Michael Caine took on this role because it was the furthest thing he could imagine from his own personality. A French Nazi? Or an unfortunate victim of Nazi occupation? As well, Caine found the actual person he was portraying utterly abhorrent and irredeemable, which is somewhat odd, because we see one priest after another offering this individual absolution. His character also claims to have repented and yet we witness him killing again and again, albeit in self-defense, as he claims. One realizes later he could have simply fled the scenarios which led to him having to defend himself. All in all, really, just a trained killer and probably a sociopath. The whole situation is strange to begin with because this individual has also received an official pardon from the government and yet there are several groups still out to apprehend or kill him. He also belongs to a rather covert Catholic order which has been protecting him for decades. Many faces you'll recognize here (I couldn't stop staring at Tilda's hair...quite entrancing) and I found it all quite thought provoking.
Richard W. (rewfilmmaker) from NAPLES, FL
Reviewed on 4/1/2013...
This is one of the better, more believable thrillers with it's roots in history. It's based on a novel about France's WWII Vichy government that collaborated with the Nazis to exterminate Jews. Michael Caine's character was one of the enforcers who, years later, finds himself being pursued by different factions who all want him to pay for his crimes. Originally, I chose to watch this movie because Tilda Swinton plays a overzealous judge/prosecutor and I like to watch her conjure up a performance. One of the overarching themes is how people, during difficult times, do what they have to do, to survive. In this case that includes the Catholic Church pledging it's support for him but then hanging him out to dry. Some good lessons on life in this movie.
4 of 4 member(s) found this review helpful.
Betty T. (BettySunshine) from WARNER ROBINS, GA
Reviewed on 2/5/2010...
Excellent movie. Michael Caine is great, as usual. Intriguing story.

Movie Reviews

A Superior and Thoughtfull Thriller
steve b | Dudley England | 03/23/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I note that another reviewer has complained that this film is slow and compared to the normal thrillers which depend on car crashes, explosions and impossible feats of human agilty I expect it is. It is also a very good film which whilst being entertaining also makes you think. Some people have seen it as anti Catholic, but it is true that elements within the Catholic Church were pro Nazi and did help war criminal escape justice not only in France but in many other countries.

Michael Caine is outstanding as an aging French war criminal who forty years after the end of the world is finally facing justice of a sort. Caine plays Pierre Brossard a minor French war criminal who was responsable for the murder of seven French Jews. I say minor only because others murdered many thousands more and it is clear from this film that others did worse and continued to prosper in post war France.

Brossard has been hidden for years with the aid of the Catholic Church but it appears that a Jewish group has tracked him down and is planning his murder. Unknown to Brossard the Jewish group is a ruse and the real people out to kill him are his former allies in the French establishment and police for whom he has become a liabilty.

At the same time a judge (Tilda Swinton) and a Gendarmerie Colonel (Jeremy Northam) are trying to find him before the killers do.

It is Caine's skill as an actor which allows us to be repulsed by Brossard, he is a coward and a bully, whilst at the same time feeling sympathy for him, he is a frightened old man betrayed by his friends.

Frank Finlay and Edward Petherbridge are also very good in smaller supporting roles.

The fiqure of Brossard was inspired by Paul Touvier who in 1994 was sentenced to life imprisonment after being sheltered by the Catholic Church for years.

All in all a superior and thoughtfull thriller