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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
Ed Flanders ...
Dan T. Campion
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Cardinal Danaher
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Msgr. Seamus Fargo
Rose Gregorio ...
Brenda Samuels
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Gwen Van Dam ...
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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24 September 1981 (Portugal)  »

Also Known As:

Confesiones verdaderas  »

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ESP 72,623,781 (Spain)
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Trivia

To prepare for his role as Detective Tom Spellacy, actor Robert Duvall went on the night-beat with real-life Los Angeles area homicide detectives. Duvall also went on a stake-out, witnessed the administration of a lie-detector test and visited a real murder victim crime scene. See more »

Goofs

The character listed in the credits as Sonny McDonough is called Sonny O'Meara by Tom Spellacy when he and Des are having lunch in the restaurant. See more »

Quotes

Howard Terke: How about it, Tom? Can you get your brother the monsignor to say a mass for this cunt? It'll make the front page.
Tom Spellacy: Howard, we don't even know yet whether or not she was a Catholic cunt.
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Connections

Referenced in Knock Knock 2 (2011) 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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21 January 2004 | by See all my reviews

I had seen this excellent film when it was first released over 20 years ago. I had forgotten about it completely and came across it on the mystery channel recently. When it first came out I recall that no less a personage than William F. Buckley - not normally in the film reviewing business - raved about it.

Having just seen it again, I am astonished at what a superb film this is, and that I could have forgotten it. Consider the credits - Joan Didion as writer, and Robert Duvall, Robert deNiro, Charles Durning and and Burgess Meredith.

Those expecting simply a crime story will be disappointed, for the horrific murder that is the centerpiece of the movie is nothing more than, in Hitchcock's term, a 'McGuffin' on which to hang a richly human tale of corruption, guilt, brotherly conflict and devotion, and redemption. The portrayal of the necessary compromises that even good institutions - e.g. the church - must make to exist and operate in the world is as good a portrayal of the essential sinfulness of the human condition as any. In fact I feel that it is impossible for anyone without at least some semblance of religious sensibility to appreciate the true character of this movie.

The period setting and flavor is excellent and the production values are superb. Contrary to viewers who were bored I could not tear myself away from the screen.

This one is truly an overlooked and forgotten - dare I use an overworked term? - masterpiece.


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