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The Pledge: Friday January  19, 2001

 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?  -- © 2001 Warner Bros.

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Points 82.5 75 75 62.5 73.75


73.75 - Worth Seeing

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0 - 40 points

Not Worth Seeing
40 - 65 points  Go See At Matinee
65- 85 points Worth Seeing
85-100 points Definitely worth seeing. "A must see!"


Sean Penn


Jerzy Kromolowski 




Jack Nicholson as Detective Jerry Black
Dale Dickey as Strom 
Benicio Del Toro
Aaron Eckhart
Robin Wright Penn
Vanessa Redgrave
Mickey Rourke
Sam Shepard
Harry Dean Stanton

Running Time



Rated R for strong violence & language.


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 The People's Review of The Pledge

Sandra Dee & The Trainn
score = 60
The movie definitely had great potential. The directing was good but a bit over the top in an effort to be cutting edge.  The cinematography was outstanding.  The movie kept our undivided attention anticipating a sure great ending, but never delivered.  It just ended with your mouth wide open in utter disbelief.  The whole movie theater seemed to have felt the same.  To describe the ending as a big disappointment would be an understatement.
The ending was an exercise of blatent disrespect to the avid movie-goers.  Do not see at the movie theater.  Do not even rent the movie unless there is a special like "rent 4 and get the 5th free" being that this one is your 5th choice," says The Train.