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True Confessions (1981)

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A worldly ambitious monsignor clashes with his older brother, a cynical L.A.homicide detective investigates the brutal murder of a young prostitute.

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Cast

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Father Des Spellacy (as Robert DeNiro)
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Jack Amsterdam
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Frank Crotty
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Dan T. Campion
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Cardinal Danaher
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Msgr. Seamus Fargo
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Brenda Samuels
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Gwen Van Dam ...
Mrs. Fazenda
Thomas Hill ...
Mr. Fazenda (as Tom Hill)
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Mrs. Spellacy
Jorge Cervera Jr. ...
Eduardo Duarte
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Storyline

De Niro (a Catholic Priest) and Duvall (a Homicide Detective) play brothers drawn together after many years apart, in the aftermath of the brutal murder of a young prostitute. Written by Grant Hamilton <n9431210@scholar.nepean.uws.edu.au>

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24 September 1981 (Portugal)  »

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ESP 72,623,781 (Spain)
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This film was made and released about four years after the source novel of the same name by John Gregory Dunne was first published in 1977. Dunne also collaborated on the screenplay. See more »

Goofs

When Tom takes off his radiator cap after his car overheats, what looks like a chunk of dry ice shoots out of the radiator. See more »

Quotes

Tom Spellacy: [to receptionist after the intruder at Standard's office gets away] What do you do here?
Girl: Me? I do great French.
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Connections

Referenced in Knock Knock 2 (2011) See more »

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I'm in the Mood for Love
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Music by Jimmy McHugh
Played at the wedding reception
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Best ensemble acting ever in brothers' tale of redemption
1 May 2006 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

TRUE CONFESSIONS is one of the best movies ever made. Its virtues include the remarkable array of character actors, each giving of his best under the amazingly subtle direction of Ulu Grosbard. The novel provided an excellent springboard for the script the author wrote with his wife. Re-reading it, I found the scenes that had to be excluded from the movie for reasons of length, etc., were visualized and heard in my mind with the actors' personalities, idiosyncrasies, and inflections. This was particularly true of Cyril Cusack, Burgess Meredith, Ed Flanders, Charles Durning and the two principals. I can watch this film over and over, each time discovering new felicities as well as new depths of emotion. I am not a Catholic, a detective, or an American, but I must confess I had an older brother and our relationship undoubtedly added to my appreciation of this masterpiece.


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