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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 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
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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24 September 1981 (Portugal)  »

Also Known As:

Confesiones verdaderas  »

Box Office

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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

At the beginning, the deceased man lying in the bed can be seen in several shots breathing. 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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References Casablanca (1942) See more »

Soundtracks

Valurile Dunarii (Danube Waves)
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Music by Iosif Ivanovici
Played at the wedding reception
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Extraordinary acting
15 January 2001 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

I recently pulled out my old copy of True Confessions and watched it again. The thing that struck me the most was the incredible display of extraordinary acting by so many of the actors. DeNiro and Duvall are simply mesmerizing. The supporting cast - Burgess Meredith, Cyril Cusack and Rose Gregorio - are as good as any supporting cast in any movie. The film has mood and texture, and evokes the Los Angeles of the late 1940's in brilliant detail.

John Gregory Dunne has used the real life Black Dahlia murder of 1947 to weave a complex story of corruption in the Catholic Church and the LAPD. A very underrated film.


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