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 »
Best ensemble acting ever in brothers' tale of redemption
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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