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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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25 September 1981 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Confesiones verdaderas  »

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Trivia

Real life historical 1940s Los Angeles locations used in the film included various LA churches, Echo Park, Union Station, Olvera Street, the Biltmore Hotel and Chinatown. See more »

Goofs

When Tom is on the phone with the psychic, he repeats that she's from Guin, Alabama. He pronounces it "GOO-in," when the name of the town is actually pronounced "gween" or, less commonly, "gu-WEEN." See more »

Quotes

Frank Crotty: You know who we're going to pull in on this one? Panty sniffers, weenie flashers, guys who fall in love with their shoes, guys who beat their hog on the number 43 bus, What? Do you think I'm gonna lose any sleep over who took this broad out? Hmmm? Pissing strawberries and whipped cream, you think that she's a 9 to 5 stiff, Tommy? No overime! You know how we're gonna break this one? In a couple of years they'll bring in a guy who ran a red light. "I killed the girl, " he'll say. "What girl?" ...
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References Casablanca (1942) See more »

Soundtracks

Memories of You
Music by Eubie Blake (uncredited)
Lyrics by Andy Razaf (uncredited)
Performed by Benny Goodman
Courtesy of Capitol Records
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Finest casting ever
15 March 2002 | by (Daytona Beach, Florida) – See all my reviews

True Confessions(1981) This is a story of corruption between two brothers, one a power wielding priest in the Catholic church and the other a sordid detective in 1940's Los Angeles.Based on the "Who Killed the Black Daliha" case, 'True Confessions' boasts perhaps the greatest supporting cast ever in a motion picture. Great period piece and incredible acting by Robert Duvall, Robert DeNiro, and Ed Flanders.


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