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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
Rose Gregorio ...
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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Release Date:

25 September 1981 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Confesiones verdaderas  »

Box Office

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$10,200,000 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

When he was filming of the fight scene at the testimonial dinner, Grosbard never informed the extras that there would be a fight. When it occurred their reactions were genuine. See more »

Goofs

When Tom Spellacy is in his office, talking on the phone, the handset switches from hand to hand between shots. See more »

Quotes

Dan T. Campion: Don't forget, you were with us when we met that girl.
Des Spellacy: Yes, we *met* her. You *fucked* her.
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Connections

Version of The Black Dahlia (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

At Last
(uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Played in the background when Tom tells the prostitute to hand over the money
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At the Top of Their Game
21 June 2001 | by (San Francisco) – See all my reviews

True Confessions is a film wherein all of the players are at the top of their game. Altho starring Robert Duval and Robert DeNiro, the depth of field among the character actors is extraordinary, and this is why a movie that's seems to have so little going on is really so overwhelmingly powerful. Both Duval and DeNiro seem to communicate without speaking; almost as tho their thoughts are being sub-titled on the screen. Whenever they do begin talking with each other, the weight of their shared past has the force of a sledge hammer. I have a vhs copy of True Confessions, have watched it plenty of times and still find fresh nuances whenever I look at it. You have to see this movie.


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