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The Pledge (2001)

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Coming Out at 19 January 2001 in theaters

Crime, Drama, Mystery

The Pledge is neo-noir mystery drama film directed by Sean Penn. The film features an ensemble cast, starring Jack Nicholson, Patricia Clarkson, Aaron Eckhart, Helen Mirren, Robin Wright Penn, Vanessa Redgrave, Sam Shepard, Mickey Rourke, Lois Smith and Benicio del Toro.

It is based on Friedrich Dürrenmatt’s 1958 novella The Pledge: Requiem for the Detective Novel. Dürrenmatt wrote The Pledge to refine the theme he originally developed in the screenplay for the 1958 German film It Happened in Broad Daylight with Heinz Rühmann.

The film was in competition at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival.

Retired police detective Jerry Black (Jack Nicholson) is seen mumbling to himself, apparently drunk, sitting on a bench outside a disused gas station. The scene then shifts to events in the recent past. The Department has thrown him a retirement party, and the police captain gives Jerry a fishing trip in Mexico as a gift. The party is interrupted by the discovery of a murdered child, Ginny Larsen. Jerry decides to go with another detective, Stan Krolak (Aaron Eckhart), to the scene of the crime.

Director: Sean Penn

Writers: Friedrich Dürrenmatt (book), Jerzy Kromolowski, Mary Olson-Kromolowski

Stars: Jack Nicholson, Benicio Del Toro, Patricia Clarkson, Beau Daniels, Dale Dickey, Wendy Donaldson, Adrien Dorval

Cast:

Patricia ClarksonMargaret Larsen
Beau DanielsRudy
Benicio Del ToroToby Jay Wadenah
Dale DickeyStrom
Wendy DonaldsonResort Owner
Adrien DorvalSheriff
Aaron EckhartStan Krolak
Shawn HenterBus Driver
Kathy JensenStore Clerk
Taryn KnowlesGinny Larsen
Nels LennarsonHank
Costas MandylorMonash Deputy
J.J. McCollReal Estate Agent
Gordon MayCriminologist #1
Gardiner MillarDeputy #3
Helen MirrenDoctor
Adam NelsonDeputy #1
Jack NicholsonJerry Black
Tom NoonanGary Jackson
Michael O’KeefeDuane Larsen
Tony ParsonsTV Anchorman
Robin WrightLori
Robert PopoffPrisoner
Vanessa RedgraveAnnalise Hansen
Nicole RobertFlea Market Sales Lady
Mickey RourkeJim Olstad
Pauline RobertsChrissy
Eileen RyanJean
Lucy SchmidtAlma Cage
Sam ShepardEric Pollack
Lois SmithHelen Jackson
Harry Dean StantonFloyd Cage
John R. TaylorGrey Haired Man
Theodore ThomasRest Home Resident
Brittany TipladyBecky Fiske
Mavourneen Varcoe-RyanCrime Scene Reporter
Françoise YipBartender at Airport
Andrew HedgeSWAT Sniper
Brock JohnsonLori’s Husband
Tony Lima
Peter MadsenDetective at Retirement Party (Interaction)

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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