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THE PLEDGE

 
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At Theaters: 1/19/2001 On Video: 6/19/2001
Rated: R Length: 2 hr. 4 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 259907
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures Inc.
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On the day of his retirement, Nevada homicide detective Jerry Black is humbled by the generosity of his colleagues, he accepts their gift — an airline ticket for his dream fishing trip to Mexico with grace. But when the body of a murdered eight-year-old girl is discovered in the snow-blanketed mountains, the reluctant retiree is unable to step aside.

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Drama - Fans of slow-moving adult drama, in particular those who also admire Jack Nicholson, stand the best chance of enjoying this grim film. The dark subject matter and gory images make the film inappropriate for the younger set, who wouldn't have been interested, anyway.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Jack Nicholson AS GOOD AS IT GETS, MARS ATTACKS
Robin Wright Penn MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE, HURLYBURLY
Sam Shepard ALL THE PRETTY HORSES
Aaron Eckhart ERIN BROCKOVICH, MOLLY
Dir/Prod: Sean Penn SHE'S SO LOVELY, INDIAN RUNNER
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About The Production
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PROFANITY: Occasional use of strong profanity.
SEX/NUDITY: None.
VIOLENCE: A very graphic shooting; gory images.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Alcohol and tobacco use.
ACTION: None.
COMEDY: None.
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Above Average
With The Pledge, his third turn in the director's chair, Sean Penn has cemented his reputation as a voice in bum-out cinema. While his first behind-the-camera effort to not be taken from his own writing, The Pledge fits squarely in his dark, moody oeuvre, and with such an imposing atmosphere the film undeniably engages. Unfortunately, its grip is on the mind but not the heart--a problem for a film that clearly aims for some emotional impact.

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Based on an Exit Polling of 99 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
*
Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M/F)
4
Low
50%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
17
Low
47%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
11
Very Low
9%
30+Adults (M)
33
Very Low
36%
30+Adults (F)
34
Very Low
44%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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The following is the original "What's Worth Watching" write-up for this movie.

Moviegoer Opinions:

WOW! Here's where we prove the value of moviegoer opinions versus critics. As you can see, our critic rated this as an above average film. Well a large majority of the 99 moviegoer opinions we collected say DO NOT SEE THIS MOVIE! IT'S TERRIBLE! Rarely do I see opinions this low, especially across all age and gender groups. There were some who enjoyed the movie and I suspect that their taste in movies tends to run close to that of critics. If you also tend to like the same movies as critics, then you might enjoy "The Pledge." EVERYONE ELSE should avoid this movie.


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On the day of his retirement, Nevada homicide detective Jerry Black (JACK NICHOLSON) lingers in his office one last time before putting on a brave face at the surprise party thrown in his honor. Humbled by the generosity of his colleagues, Jerry accepts their gift — an airline ticket for his dream fishing trip to Mexico with grace. But when the body of a murdered eight-year-old girl is discovered in the snow-blanketed mountains, the reluctant retiree is unable to step aside. Jerry offers his expertise at the crime scene, and takes it upon himself to deliver the devastating news to the victim's parents.

The grieving mother begs Jerry for answers. Faced with the tragic nature of the crime, the parents' suffering and his own uncertainty about life after the police force, Jerry swears on his soul to find the killer.

When an ambitious younger cop wrenches a dubious confession from a simple minded suspect, the case is closed... but not for Jerry. Despite the skepticism of his peers, Jerry follows his hunch that the real killer is still at large and set to strike again.

But how far will Jerry go to fulfill his promise? And at what cost?

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