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Sean Penn directed this tense drama of loyalty, honor, and obsession, based on a novel by Friedrich Durrenmatt. Jerry Black (Jack Nicholson) is a veteran police detective who lives and works in a small Nevada town. On the day of his retirement, it falls to Jerry to handle an especially unpleasant assignment -- a seven-year-old girl has been brutally murdered, and Jerry has to check out the crime scene, and then tell the girl's parents the awful news. The girl's mother (Patricia Clarkson), understandably distraught, demands ...


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William G

Mar 8, 2012

A little known gem of a detective film

Based on the novel by Friedrich Durrenmatt, "The Pledge" somehow went unnoticed in 2001 (maybe everyone was watching "Lord of the Rings"); I'm surprised it wasn't up for at least a few Oscars. Sean Penn did an EXCELLENT job of directing the film, bringing out superb dramatic performances by Benicio Del Toro, Aaron Eckhart, Helen Mirren, Robin Wright Penn, Vanessa Redgrave, and Sam Shepard, to name several. Jack Nicholson is at his peak in his role as a retired homicide detective--playing "a man obsessed"--in this suspense-filled psychological thriller and crime drama. I guarantee that you will NOT be disappointed by this film!

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