Offence (1973)

Offence (1973)
Category: Crime, Thriller, Drama
Director: Sidney Lumet
Cast: Sean Connery, Trevor Howard, Vivien Merchant, Ian Bannen, Derek Newark, John Hallam, Peter Bowles, Hilda Fenemore, Howard Goorney, Maxine Gordon, Rhoda Lewis, Cynthia Lund, Richard Moore, Ronald Radd, Anthony Sagar

plot summary

In Sidney Lumet’s harrowing portrayal of police brutality, Detective Sergeant Johnson (Sean Connery) has been with the British Police Force for 20 years. In that time, the countless murders, rapes and other serious crimes he has had to investigate has left a terrible mark on him. His anger and aggression that had been suppressed for years finally surfaces when interviewing a suspect, Baxter (Ian Bannen), whom Johnson is convinced is the man that has been carrying out a series of brutal attacks on young girls. Throughout the interview Johnson brutally beats Baxter and during this ordeal he inadvertently reveals that the state of his own mind is probably no worse than that of the offenders who committed the crimes that disgusted Johnson originally.

cast list

Sean Connery Detective Sergeant Johnson
Trevor Howard Lieutenant Cartwright, Detective Superintendant
Vivien Merchant Maureen Johnson
Ian Bannen Kenneth Baxter
Derek Newark Frank Jessard
John Hallam Panton
Peter Bowles Detective Inspector Cameron
Hilda Fenemore Woman on Common
Howard Goorney Lambert
Maxine Gordon Janie Edmonds, the raped girl
Rhoda Lewis Woman at School
Cynthia Lund Child at School
Richard Moore Garrett
Ronald Radd Lawson
Anthony Sagar Hill