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The Offence (1972)

Rating:R
Genre:Suspense/Thriller, Drama
Release Date:May 11, 1973
Running time:112 minutes
Cast:Sean Connery, Trevor Howard, Vivien Merchant, Ian Bannen, Peter Bowles
Director:Sidney Lumet
Producer:Denis O'Dell
Writer:John Hopkins
Distributor:United Artists

Description: In The Offence, Sean Connery plays Johnson, a normally unflappable British police inspector who is emotionally shaken by a case of child molestation. For reasons he cannot explain, he is driven to kill the suspect while interrogating him and is suspended from the force. The incident leads to a nervous breakdown -- and the implication that Johnson had beaten the molester to death to purge himself of his own hidden pederastic tendencies. Based on John Hopkins' stage play This Story of Yours, The Offence made little headway at the box office, but United Artists was compelled to release the film to assure Connery's participation in UA's next James Bond movie.~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

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