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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
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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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Mrs. Fazenda
Thomas Hill ...
Mr. Fazenda (as Tom Hill)
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Mrs. Spellacy
Jorge Cervera Jr. ...
Eduardo Duarte
Susan Myers ...
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Whore
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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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Crime | Drama

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25 September 1981 (USA)  »

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Confesiones verdaderas  »

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The film's marketing boasted the star-teaming of the two ROBERTs - 'Robert de Niro' and Robert Duvall. The film's marketing also emphasized alliteration of their last names: "DE NIRO --- DUVALL. True Confessions." De Niro and Duvall had been rivals for the Best Actor Oscar at 1981's Academy Awards just six months before the film launched stateside. Duvall had been up for The Great Santini (1979) but de Niro won for Raging Bull (1980). Neither were Best Actor Oscar nominated for this movie as expected by industry insiders but the two were jointly awarded the Best Actor Golden Phoenix Award for their performances in this film. Duvall and de Niro had both previously appeared in The Godfather: Part II (1974) but they never appeared together in the same scene but finally in this movie they did. See more »

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At the beginning, the deceased man lying in the bed can be seen in several shots breathing. See more »

Quotes

Brenda Samuels: [to Tom] Have you ever noticed when you get old, your feet swell up.
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References Elephant Boy (1937) See more »

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At Last
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Music by Harry Warren
Played in the background when Tom tells the prostitute to hand over the money
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Finest casting ever
15 March 2002 | by (Daytona Beach, Florida) – See all my reviews

True Confessions(1981) This is a story of corruption between two brothers, one a power wielding priest in the Catholic church and the other a sordid detective in 1940's Los Angeles.Based on the "Who Killed the Black Daliha" case, 'True Confessions' boasts perhaps the greatest supporting cast ever in a motion picture. Great period piece and incredible acting by Robert Duvall, Robert DeNiro, and Ed Flanders.


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