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Denial (2016)

PG-13 | | Biography, Drama | 21 October 2016 (USA)
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Acclaimed writer and historian Deborah E. Lipstadt must battle for historical truth to prove the Holocaust actually occurred when David Irving, a renowned denier, sues her for libel.

Director:

Mick Jackson

Writers:

Deborah Lipstadt (based on the book "History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier" by) (as Deborah E. Lipstadt), David Hare (screenplay by)
Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rachel Weisz ... Deborah Lipstadt
Tom Wilkinson ... Richard Rampton
Timothy Spall ... David Irving
Andrew Scott ... Anthony Julius
Jack Lowden ... James Libson
Caren Pistorius ... Laura Tyler
Alex Jennings ... Sir Charles Gray
Harriet Walter ... Vera Reich
Mark Gatiss ... Prof. Robert Jan Van Pelt
John Sessions ... Prof. Richard Evans
Nikki Amuka-Bird ... Libby Holbrook
Pip Carter ... Anthony Forbes-Watson
Jackie Clune Jackie Clune ... Heather Rogers
Will Attenborough ... Thomas Skelton-Robinson
Max Befort ... Nik Wachsman
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Storyline

Based on the acclaimed book "History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier," DENIAL recounts Deborah E. Lipstadt's (Academy Award winner Rachel Weisz) legal battle for historical truth against David Irving (Cannes Award winner Timothy Spall), who accused her of libel when she declared him a Holocaust denier. In the English legal system in Defamation, the burden of proof is on the accused, therefore it was up to Lipstadt and her legal team to prove the essential truth that the Holocaust occurred. Also starring two-time Academy Award nominee Tom Wilkinson, the film is directed by Emmy Award winner Mick Jackson ("Temple Grandin") and adapted for the screen by BAFTA and Academy Award nominated writer David Hare (THE READER). Producers are Gary Foster and Russ Krasnoff. Written by Bleecker Street

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When one man put the Holocaust on trial, she was forced to defend history. See more »

Genres:

Biography | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic material and brief strong language | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English | German | Hebrew

Release Date:

21 October 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Denial See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$93,728, 2 October 2016

Gross USA:

$4,073,489

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,994,527
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Rachel Weisz and a small film crew were given permission to film at Auschwitz Birkenau, the Nazi death camp in Poland where almost one million Jews died. See more »

Goofs

There are numerous references by the lawyer and by leading counsel to British and/or UK law, which does not exist. English law and Scottish law are different and therefore the reference should only have been to English law. There are also several references to 'discovery' which is an American legal term. The English equivalent would be disclosure, and the English legal team would certainly have known this and used the correct terminology. See more »

Quotes

David Irving: [first lines; in a video speaking to a sympathetic audience] I don't see any reason to be tasteful about Auschwitz. I say to you quite tastelessly that more women died on the back seat of Senator Edward Kennedy's car at Chappaquiddick than ever died in a gas chamber at Auschwitz.
[audience laughing and applauding]
Deborah Lipstadt: Holocaust denial rests on four basic assertions. Number 1: That there was never any systematic or organized attempt by the Nazis to kill all of Europe's Jews. Number 2: That the numbers...
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References Masterpiece Classic (1971) See more »

Soundtracks

La Giesango
Performed by Dikanda
Licensed courtesy of Dikanda
Composed by Traditional Time
Arranged by Anna Witczak
Published by Dikanda
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A highly satisfying viewing experience.
11 July 2018 | by kitellis-98121See all my reviews

An extremely well executed drama, without a single pointless or wasted scene.

No part of this production drew attention away from the story - which was focused on with laser intensity - so although the cinematography was excellent and atmospheric, there was no flashy camerawork or eye-catching visuals; nor did the music ever overwhelm the dialogue or leave you humming a prominent leitmotif; and the editing was crisp, straightforward, and business-like.

The performances were uniformly exquisite, with each actor playing their role with subtlety, nuance, and verisimilitude. There were plenty of opportunities for hammy moments, but to their credit, and the credit of the director, each actor played their part with skilful restraint. In the more emotional scenes, their passions seethed mostly beneath the surface, which all added to the emotional investment of the viewer, forced on occasion to experience the enormity of events far more than if everything had been done for them by the actors. This is a sign of truly skilful and confident directing, as well as a rare example of a modern movie trusting its audience to think and feel what they are meant to, without leading them round by the nose.

Overall, this was a thoroughly satisfying viewing experience, that left just the right cocktail of aftertastes on the intellectual/emotional palate.

From the number of negative reviews of this film, and its low IMDB rating, I can only conclude that there are still a worrying number of anti-Semites and holocaust deniers out there, as there is very little in it to complain about technically or creatively.


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