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The Pledge (Sean Penn, USA, 2001)

Penn and Nicholson take risks with the material and elevate the movie to another, unanticipated, haunting level.
— Roger Ebert

Detective Jerry Black (Jack Nicholson) might have retired, but is that going to stop him fulfilling his promise to the mother of a murdered girl to find the killer? Of course not! Black buys an old gas station in near mountains near the crime scene and tries to solve the case. Reunited with director Sean Penn, this is one of Jack's best 'late period' performances. The impressive cast also includes Robin Wright, Benicio Del Toro, Helen Mirren and Vanessa Redgrave.