The Offence (Dual format)

Director: Sidney Lumet

Stars: Sean Connery Trevor Howard

1972 UK

Drama Crime Thriller




  • Country: UK
  • Language: English
  • Year: 1972
  • Runtime: 112
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Colour: Colour
  • Certificate: 15
  • Subtitles: English SDH
  • Genre: Drama
  • SKU: EKA70151
  • 2 Discs
  • Release Date: Apr 20, 2015
Region: B


“After 20 years, what Detective-Sergeant Johnson has seen and done is destroying him.” — In their third screen collaboration, the iconic Sean Connery and director Sidney Lumet (Serpico, Dog Day Afternoon) plumb the depths of what is perhaps their most psychologically complex creation: a member of the British Police Force who has perhaps witnessed one horror too many.

Two decades into a career marked by fraught investigations into murders and sex crimes, Detective-Sergeant Johnson (Connery) loses all composure whilst conducting an interrogation with a suspected rapist, assaulting him and, subsequently, beating him to death. The lead-up to this moment is charted across the course of the film in a careful flashback structure… and the lines between guilt and innocence, protector and sadist, become ineradicably blurred.

Released only one year before the director’s Serpico and almost a decade before Prince of the CityThe Offence offers an early Lumetian investigation into the psyche of a policeman under duress, and the potential for corruption within a high-stakes profession. The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present The Offence for the first time on Blu-ray in the UK in a special Dual Format edition.


“Up there with Get Carter as one of the best Brit thrillers of the ’70s ***** “ – Total Film 


  • New 1080p presentation of the film on the Blu-ray
  • Optional English SDH for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
  • Optional isolated music and effects track
  • Video interview with stage director Christopher Morahan
  • Video interview with assistant art director Chris Burke
  • Video interview with costume designer Evangeline Harrison
  • Video interview with composer Sir Harrison Birtwistle
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • 36-PAGE BOOKLET featuring a new essay on the film by critic Mike Sutton, a vintage interview about the film with Sidney Lumet, and rare archival imagery

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