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The Pledge (2001)

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A retiring police detective pledges to catch the killer of a young child.

Director:

Sean Penn

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Friedrich Dürrenmatt (book), Jerzy Kromolowski (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Patricia Clarkson ... Margaret Larsen
Beau Daniels ... Rudy
Benicio Del Toro ... Toby Jay Wadenah
Dale Dickey ... Strom
Wendy Donaldson Wendy Donaldson ... Resort Owner (as Wendy Morrow Donaldson)
Adrien Dorval ... Sheriff (as P. Adrien Dorval)
Aaron Eckhart ... Stan Krolak
Shawn Henter Shawn Henter ... Bus Driver
Kathy Jensen Kathy Jensen ... Store Clerk
Taryn Knowles Taryn Knowles ... Ginny Larsen
Nels Lennarson ... Hank
Costas Mandylor ... Monash Deputy
J.J. McColl J.J. McColl ... Real Estate Agent
Gordon May Gordon May ... Criminologist #1
Gardiner Millar ... Deputy #3 (as Gardinar Millar)
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Storyline

On the night he retires as a Reno detective, Jerry Black pledges to the mother of a murdered girl that he will find the killer. Jerry doesn't believe the police arrested the right man; he discovers that this is the third incident in the area in the recent past with victims young, blonde, pretty, and small for their age. So he buys an old gas station in the mountains near the crimes in order to search for a tall man who drives a black station wagon, gives toy porcupines as gifts, and calls himself the wizard, all clues from a drawing by the dead girl. Jerry's solitary life gives way to friendship with a woman and her small, blonde daughter. Has Jerry neglected something that may prove fatal? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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He may have retired, but he's still catching the killer See more »


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Rated R for strong violence and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 January 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Asesino oculto See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,765,347, 21 January 2001

Gross USA:

$19,733,089

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$29,419,291
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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The child murders depicted in the film were loosely based on actual cases that had been worked by Detective Joe Depczynski, the film's Technical Advisor. However, the cases were not thought to be the work of a single killer, as the film depicted, nor did the real detective come to the same end that Detective Jerry Black did. See more »

Goofs

While fishing, Jerry's shirt changes from blue chambray to plaid when he is netting the fish, and back again. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Jerry Black: She said it. She said it. She did.
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Crazy Credits

In memory of our Brothers In Arms Michael D. Haller and Jack Nitzsche See more »

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References The Conversation (1974) See more »

Soundtracks

Nwalhulwana
Written by Humberto Carlos Benefica
Performed by Orchestra Marrabenta Star de Moçambique
Courtesy of Piranha Records
By Arrangement with Piranha Musik Produktion & Verlag AG
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Gripping
11 January 2003 | by rrailerSee all my reviews

Faithful to the book in most regards, the film is excellent, and Nicholson's performance is beyond reproach. While the denouement may have had issues (not with the point or the meaning, but rather the delivery), the film is still outstanding.

Nicholson's relationship with the girl (he is beautiful as an aged father) and his inexorable obsession with the murderer are perfect in the film. Sadly, Penn's pacing is inconsistent, as is the sense of "detective" that Duerenmatt was careful to give his novel: the film's heartbeat ranges from driving to rambling, and most thematically appropriate may have been a measured beat which is lacking here.

Nonetheless, the film is gripping, and captures the point, spirit and feel of the novel perfectly. It may not pull off the trick of being both faithful and profitable, but the film is true, and the acting impeccable.


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