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True Confessions (1981)

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A worldly ambitious monsignor clashes with his older brother, a cynical L.A.homicide detective investigates the brutal murder of a young prostitute.

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Cast

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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
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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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24 September 1981 (Portugal)  »

Also Known As:

Confesiones verdaderas  »

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ESP 72,623,781 (Spain)
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Trivia

The film's screen play was written by John Gregory Dunne and his wife Joan Didion. The picture was one of a number of script collaborations from the couple. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

[last lines]
Tom Spellacy: This is it. This is it.
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Connections

References Elephant Boy (1937) See more »

Soundtracks

I'm Getting Sentimental Over You
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Music by George Bassman
Played in the background when Tom and Brenda are talking in the room
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Before L.A. Confidential...there was True Confessions
21 April 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was a really good little film. It takes a look at the Black Dahlia killing but it mainly focuses on the relationships between the people. Even though they look and figure out who the killer is, it's a secondary part of the story. The Black Dahlia part in this movie is not accurate to the facts from the real case but it's not really suppose to be. Catholic Church corruption, prostitution and murder all combined for a really quiet meaningful little flick.

Long before L.A. Confidential, this film made light of the massive corruption and lack of caring in the L.A. police department back in it's bad years from the 20's through the 50's. You'll be glad you didn't live there back in those days.

No action but high on drama/thriller twists and turns. If you like L.A. Confidential, see this. I'm willing to bet, you'll like it.


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