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The Confession (1999)

A High powered NY litigator, hired to defend a murderer who avenged his young son's death, struggles with his own desires for success versus the moral wishes of his client to choose the ... See full summary »


David Hugh Jones


Sol Yurick (novel), David Black (screenplay)
1 win. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ben Kingsley ... Harry Fertig
Amy Irving ... Sarah Fertig
Ryan Marsini ... Stevie Fertig
Alec Baldwin ... Roy Bleakie
Boyd Gaines ... Liam Clarke
Anne Twomey Anne Twomey ... Judge Judy Crossland
Lázaro Pérez Lázaro Pérez ... Eric Malabar
Becky Ann Baker ... Nurse Jeannine Carrounbois
Mike Hodge ... Security Guard
Mark Ethan ... Dr. Mason Gillett
Kevin Conway ... Mel Duden
Richard Jenkins ... Cass O'Donnell
Joseph Mosso Joseph Mosso ... Bartender (as Joe Mosso)
Kevin McClarnon Kevin McClarnon ... Sean the Limo Driver
Jay O. Sanders ... Jack Renoble


A High powered NY litigator, hired to defend a murderer who avenged his young son's death, struggles with his own desires for success versus the moral wishes of his client to choose the path of truth. Written by David Black

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Trust No One.


Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, brief strong violence and some sexual images | See all certifications »





English | Hebrew

Release Date:

22 January 1999 (Brazil) See more »

Also Known As:

A Confissão See more »


Box Office


$4,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Jack Renoble: A cynic is an idealist who's been disappointed.
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Composed & Produced by David Feinman
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i love this film
19 July 2010 | by edumacatedSee all my reviews

this was obviously a director's effort to make a Lumet movie--that being a socially conscious work where a flawed or culturally influenced man makes the choice to do, or not to do the "right thing", depending on his social and inner conscience.

and in this respect, the Lumet model is seen as the quintessential new york movie, with new york upper west side Jewish social issues. not to say that their issues don't apply to the rest of us, that is if you've ever had enough sensitivity to understand the elitism and influence that resonates from the new york social and intellectual elite, and from there through Hollywood, then you will understand how they hold themselves above the rest of us, and any who understand their power are most often deathly scared to illuminate this reality to the point where i doubt they will approve the posting of this review.

all this being said, it was a nice effort. what at first appears to be a story about the new york JJ elite trying to protect one of its own, becomes a greater story about that which is greater than protecting one's clan--and that is pure greed. all in all, a nice job. i wish there were more movies like this from this demographic and less Adam Sandler. but that is natural selection.

and when i was more explicit about the root of this demographic, this review was pulled.

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