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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 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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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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Trivia

Richard Rampton tells Deborah Lipstadt that his last brief had been from McDonalds. This was the so-called McLibel trial in which the fast food chain McDonalds sued two campaigners for libel over leaflets criticising the company. The McLibel trial was the subject of a TV dramatised reconstruction (McLibel! (1997)), and a documentary (McLibel: Two Worlds Collide (1998), later updated as McLibel (2005)). See more »

Goofs

The wrong BBC logo (1997) is used in the 1996 section of the film along with the wrong Channel 5 logo (2011) in the 2000 section. When Deborah Lipstadt is running, she passes a Clinton storefront (2012) also in the 2000 section. See more »

Quotes

Deborah Lipstadt: What did you think, Anthony?
Anthony Julius: What did I think? I thought it was the most boring morning we've had in court so far.
Deborah Lipstadt: My God, you love to be contrary.
Anthony Julius: Well, the man's an anti-Semite and a racist. It's like having shit on your shoe. You wipe it off. You don't study it.
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Connections

References Masterpiece Classic (1971) See more »

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Die Krahe from Wintereisse, Op 89, D.911 XV
Composed by Franz Schubert
Licensed courtesy of Universal Production Music
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The film Denial puts much more than history on trial!
8 February 2017 | by alexandra-25See all my reviews

From the celebrated British playwright David Hare the film Denial is the prism through which the rigours of history are questioned and placed on trial, as is academia, the English Criminal Justice System and its elitism.

Indeed, the English Justice System is here compared to the American one with their opposing methodologies of ensuring justice is achieved. It subsequently pays homage to the English Justice System as imperfectly good. By that it's elitist, but democratic and fair according to the film's point of view that is!

Academia is also put on trial by the film. This is accomplished by using British Holocaust denier, and Hitler fan David Irving as a tool by which truth is juxtaposed with postmodern ideas of truth as a subjective phenomena which needs questioning and re-interpreting. As such postmodern ideas of subjective truth of one's own interpretation of it as in this case 'history' is suggested as not merely corrupted but dangerous too. It can lead to all kinds of complications when we question truth!

Other themes in this film include sexism, feminism, racism Zionism, and much more.

This film is multilayered ad highly recommended for those who like to think!


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English | German | Hebrew

Release Date:

21 October 2016 (USA) See more »

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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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