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Oscar winner Jack Nicholson ("As Good As it Gets," "A Few Good Men"), John Malkovich ("Being John Malkovich") and Oscar, Golden Globe and Emmy winner Vanessa Redgrave ("Mission: Impossible") star in this tense '50s crime drama. Based on the acclaimed novel by Swiss author Friedrich Durrenmatt. Co-starring Oscar-nominated Sam Shepard ("The Right Stuff"), Golden Globe nominee Robin Wright Penn ("Forrest Gump"), Costas Mandylor ("Picket Fences") and Harry Dean Stanton ("The Green Mile"). Directed by Oscar and Golden Globe nominee Sean Penn ("Dead Man Walking").
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 121
- Fresh: 94
- Rotten: 27
- Average Rating: 6.8/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: A fierce, fragmented, downbeat film.
Fresh: Penn as director shows how he can turn an ordinary movie scene -- how many times have we seen a jailhouse interrogation? -- into something inventively, thrillingly singular.
Fresh: A moving and unmannered motion picture -- a convincing portrait of a man at the end of his rope.
Rotten: Ultimately, the payoffs just aren't there, either psychologically or dramatically.
This isn't a '50's crime drama. The synopsis doesn't even cover the subject of the film. Jack Nicholson is a cop, who on the very day he retires, pledges to a grieving mother that he will find the man who kidnapped and killed her small daughter. The film is a character study of a man who becomes obsessed with fulfilling that pledge.
Interesting film, terrible synopsis.
And neither John Malkovich nor Vanessa Redgrave are in this movie.
+1 on the synopsis
Okay movie. Could have been better.
Did person who wrote the synopsis even watch this film?
- Genre: Drama
- Released: 2001
- © 2001 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved.