The Offence
The Offence (1973)

Sergeant Johnson (Sean Connery) has been a steady and reliable policeman for many years. However, something snaps in him during his interrogation of Baxter (Ian Bannen), a suspected child molester, and he kills the man. Before he dies under… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: May 11, 1973
DVD Release Date: February 1, 1993
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Critic Score: 71% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine

Lumet's direction strives to give to material that is neither edifying nor suspenseful a fake profundity, stretching it to unconscionable lengths.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

It's highly theatrical -- perhaps just a little too highly theatrical for the more or less realistic context -- but it's been staged by Lumet for maximum effect.

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David Parkinson
Radio Times

Gritty police programmes are now so much a part of the TV landscape that it is hard to realise that a feature like The Offence once packed quite a punch.

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Variety Staff

There's a powerful confrontation of authority and accused between police sergeant Sean Connery and suspected child molester Ian Bannen in Sidney Lumet's The Offence. A brilliant scene, however, does not in itself make for a brilliant overall feature.

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Wendy Ide
Times (UK)

The third collaboration between Sean Connery and the director Sidney Lumet is an unsettling glimpse into the toxic mind of a policeman who has been polluted by the horrors witnessed over the course of his career.

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Fernando F. Croce

This unrelentingly somber policier inaugurates a newfound force in Lumet's work.

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Tom Milne
Time Out

Embedded in a 'realistic' police scene, dialogue and situations now have a ring of arty melodrama. Fascinating, nevertheless, with outstanding performances from Connery and (especially) Bannen.

Christopher Hudson
The Spectator

A great disappointment.

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TV Guide

A powerful and complex performance by Connery is somewhat weakened by Lumet's typically stiff and stagey direction.

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Flixster Audience Score: 72% Flixster User Reviews
Pierluigi Puccini
Impressive work of Sean Connery as Detective Sgt. Johnson, resisting in front of colleagues and in his private life not to spill the cesspool inside his mind.… More
Dean McKenna
Strange crime on what Sean Connery did.
Stephen M
If you take a look at some of the other movies Sean Connery was making during and immediately after his tenure as James Bond, they reveal an actor working… More
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]In "The Offence", the police are baffled by three young girls having been kidnapped. After a fourth goes missing and is found by… More
Cassandra Maples
The writer of this moving and disturbing film, John Hopkins, once said that to understand the nature of human evil one must first look inwards at oneself.… More
David Sayers
After collaborating with Connery on 'The Hill (excellent) and 'The Anderson Tapes' (good) Lumet again brought the best out of his star in this… More