over 4 years
Strands of a good film. Doesn't quite work
The Offence is a 1972 drama film, based upon the acclaimed 1968 stage play This Story of Yours by John Hopkins, directed by Sidney Lumet under the working title Something Like the Truth. It stars Sean Connery as police detective Johnson, who kills Kenneth Baxter (Ian Bannen), a suspected child molester, while interrogating him. The film explores Johnson's varied, often aggressive attempts at rationalizing what he did, including using the effect gruesome sights have had on him in his job as a police officer. It is not until the end of the film that Baxter's death is seen in a prolonged flashback, revealing Johnson's true motives for killing him. The tagline is "After 20 years what Detective-Sergeant Johnson has seen and done is destroying him." It is the only film that Sir Harrison Birtwistle has written music for.
The film was one of two feature films starring Connery after his debut as James Bond that had not seen a North American release on DVD by 2008, the other being Woman of...