A retiring police chief pledges to catch the killer of a young child.
Release Year: 2001
Rating: 6.9/10 (27,044 voted)
Critic's Score: 71/100
Stars: Jack Nicholson, Benicio Del Toro, Patricia Clarkson
The night he retires as a Nevada sheriff, Jerry Black pledges to the mother of a murdered girl that he will find the killer. Jerry doesn't believe the police arrested the right man; he discovers this is the third incident in the area in the recent past with victims young, blond, pretty, and small for their age. So he buys an old gas station in the mountains near the crimes in order to search for a tall man who drives a black station wagon, gives toy porcupines as gifts, and calls himself the wizard: clues from a drawing by the dead girl. Jerry's solitary life gives way to friendship with a woman and her small, blond daughter. Has Jerry neglected something that may prove fatal?
Writers: Friedrich Dürrenmatt, Jerzy Kromolowski
Benicio Del Toro
Toby Jay Wadenah
Wendy Morrow Donaldson
(as P. Adrien Dorval)
Real Estate Agent
(as Gardinar Millar)
Detective Jerry Black has made a promise he can't break, to catch a killer he can't find.
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Release Date: 19 January 2001
Filming Locations: Chilliwack, British Columbia, Canada
Box Office Details
Opening Weekend: $5,765,347
(21 January 2001)
Did You Know?
This is an adaptation of a Friedrich Dürrenmatt novel that was based on a story he wrote for the 1958 German movie
It Happened in Broad Daylight (which had a slightly different, not as dark ending). In that movie the murderer was played by Gert Fröbe who would six years later play Auric Goldfinger in the James Bond movie
When Jerry flips the light switches on when Lori comes to the station for the first time, the lights come on before he flips the switches.
She said it. She said it. She did.
Having seen "The Pledge" without knowing much about it, I got something
other than what I bargained for. But that's not necessarily a bad
If you're looking for a good whodunit, avoid this movie. If you're looking
for a fast-paced thriller, avoid this movie. But if you're into seeing an
intense character study bolstered by impressive acting and clever directing
(kudos, Sean Penn), you've come to the right place.
I read one IMDB review calling this film Nicholson's worst ever. This is not
true — that reviewer obviously never saw "Man Trouble" — but I can see why
some folks really don't like this movie. It doesn't deliver what you'd
expect, and what it does deliver is neither conventional nor uplifting. In
fact, it's pretty depressing. But if you ponder the story afterward, you
realize there's a certain dark justice at work here. Like, blacklight
So then, "The Pledge" is not a light and frothy piece, but if you're the
type who thinks watching some poor b**tard's descent into madness is
entertainment, have at it.