On his way home, images of crimes flash through Det. Johnson's mind. He arrives at his building and gets out of the car. Lumet has the camera low and it follows Connery's character is if it's a molester, a predator. In his apartment, one of the most intense and revealing scenes of The Offence unfolds. The wife is in bed asleep. Her husband enters in a brutish way. He pretty much pushes the door opens as if charging into a suspects home. He angrily opens cabinet doors. He makes noise and makes a drink. The wife enters the room. Their marriage has been one long wooden experience. He's verbally abusive to her. He calls her "a bloody mess." She follows after him in the apartment trying to clean up after him and fix things. He continues to harshly criticize her.
Unfortunately, The Offence didn't click at the American box office. Maybe audiences still wanted Sean Connery as a James Bond type of guy and avoided this drama with its smart and unsettling screenplay by John Hopkins. Hopkins, by the way, was a co-writer on the 1965 James Bond thriller for Connery, Thunderball. Audiences missed this remarkable performance by Sean Connery in The Offence. Months later in 1973, another cop-in-moral crisis movie from Sidney Lumet opened. Moviegoers and critics loved Al Pacino as Serpico. The film earned Pacino an Oscar nomination for Best Actor.
If you can, rent The Offence and let me know if you agree that this performance by Connery surpasses his Oscar-winning work in The Untouchables. Sean Connery and Sidney Lumet were in fine form with this one, a film that is often overlooked.