A psychological gangster film based on fact. Machine gun totin' Ma Barker lead her family gang (her sons) on a crime spree in the Depression era. Her loyal brood have every perversion ... See full summary »
From the sight of a police officer this movie depicts the life in New York's infamous South Bronx. In the center is "Fort Apache", as the officers call their police station, which really ... See full summary »
The film was originally scheduled to open in late 1980 in time, but the post production schedule was extended because United Artists didn't want the film to compete against its Oscar contender Raging Bull (1980) which also starred Robert De Niro and had settled on a release date of February 1981 but was finally pushed back to September 1981. See more »
At the beginning, the deceased man lying in the bed can be seen in several shots breathing. See more »
I want you to get me a list of all people with the same M.O.
cop on the phone:
That's gonna take awhile, sergeant.
She was cut in two. Do you think it's an epidemic, like the flu?
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Adapted by the talented husband and wife team of Joan Didion and John Gregory Dunne from the latter's novel, "True Confessions" is not a film likely to please everyone. It is a character study dressed as a detective film, following two brothers, one a priest the other a detective. Both characters are flawed and corrupt in one way or another, but over the course of a murder investigation both men find their means of salvation.
Focusing on atmosphere and characterisation rather than suspense, "True Confessions" marked another triumph for director Ulu Grosbard, director of the two criminally underrated classics "Who is Harry Kellerman?" and "Straight Time". The performances in the film are excellent, with Duvall and De Niro simply superb as the two protagonists, particularly the latter in an effectively subdued role. Loosely based on the infamous Black Dahlia case, the film will madden those expecting the film to follow the structure and pacing of a conventional genre film. Yet for those who want something more intelligent and thoughtful, "True Confessions" is a rewarding experience.
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