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True Confessions (1981)

A worldly ambitious monsignor clashes with his older brother, a cynical Los Angeles homicide detective who is investigating the brutal murder of a young prostitute.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Father Des Spellacy (as Robert DeNiro)
Jack Amsterdam
Frank Crotty
Dan T. Campion
Cardinal Danaher
Msgr. Seamus Fargo
Rose Gregorio ...
Brenda Samuels
Mrs. Fazenda
Thomas Hill ...
Mr. Fazenda (as Tom Hill)
Mrs. Spellacy
Jorge Cervera Jr. ...
Eduardo Duarte
Susan Myers ...


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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Release Date:

25 September 1981 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Confesiones verdaderas  »

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Did You Know?


Grosbard had previously worked with Robert Duvall in his stage productions of "A View from the Bridge" and "American Buffalo." See more »


When the detectives are taking the crime scene photographs, the photographer is using a "Super Speed Graphic". This model of the classic Speed Graphic was not produced until 1956. This part of the story takes place in ca. 1947. See more »


Tom Spellacy: [Talking to Des about their father to Des] One thing the old man never missed was a wake. Good booze and plenty of it!
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Version of Who Is the Black Dahlia? (1975) See more »


Valurile Dunarii (Danube Waves)
Music by Iosif Ivanovici
Played at the wedding reception
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31 March 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I was moved to near-tears, not only by the film but also by the poignant score that accompanies this absorbing reminisce about two brothers, now at the end of their lives. The music, by Georges Delerue, is a perfect compliment to the moving story of these uncommon brothers. Especially at the end, when it left me so affected that I could only sit and listen as the credits rolled - unable (and unwilling) to shake off the emotion you are left with.

Morality, murder, power, corruption and terrific acting wrapped in a 40s detective story. A reminder that we can never go back and change our decisions, and they can so often affect those around us as much as ourselves.

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