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25 May 1986 (USA) See more »
A priest is murdered and the suspect is a nun. And it's been rumored that the two of them are having an affair. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Raymond Burr ... Perry Mason

Barbara Hale ... Della Street

William Katt ... Paul Drake Jr.

Timothy Bottoms ... Father Thomas O'Neil

Jon Cypher ... Dr. Peter Lattimore
Michele Greene ... Sister Margaret

James McEachin ... Lt. Ed Brock
Gerald S. O'Loughlin ... Monsignor Kyser

William Prince ... Archbishop Stefan Corro
Edward Winter ... Jonathan Eastman

Barbara Parkins ... Ellen Cartwright

David Ogden Stiers ... D.A. Michael Reston

Tom Bosley ... Father Chris DeLeon
Arthur Hill ... Thomas Shea
Hagan Beggs ... Richard Logan (as Hagen Beggs)
Donna Cox

Alex Diakun ... Oliver Lane
Dennis Kelli
Jane Mortifee
David Petersen

Marie Stillin

Directed by
Ron Satlof 
Writing credits
Joel Steiger (written by)

Erle Stanley Gardner (characters creator)

Produced by
Dean Hargrove .... executive producer
Jeff Peters .... associate producer
Fred Silverman .... executive producer
Joel Steiger .... supervising producer
Barry Steinberg .... producer
Original Music by
Dick DeBenedictis 
Cinematography by
Héctor R. Figueroa (director of photography) (as Hector Figueroa)
Film Editing by
Robert L. Kimble 
George Ohanian 
Production Design by
Richard Wilcox 
Set Decoration by
Jim Erickson 
Costume Design by
Ronn Rynhart 
Makeup Department
Salli Bailey .... hair stylist
Jamie Brown .... makeup artist
Production Management
Richard Birnie .... executive in charge of production
Grace Gilroy .... production manager
Robert L. Kimble .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Patrice Leung .... second assistant director
Sandra Mayo .... third assistant director
Jacques Méthé .... first assistant director
Art Department
Wayne McLaughlin .... property master
Sound Department
Roger Heman Jr. .... sound re-recording mixer (as Roger Heman)
Ralph Parker .... production sound mixer
B.T. Sebastian .... supervising re-recording mixer
Tanya Sharp David .... sound re-recording mixer
Bill Wistrom .... supervising sound editor (as William Wistrom)
Camera and Electrical Department
Dillard Brinson .... key grip
Duncan MacGregor .... gaffer
Chris Helcermanas-Benge .... still photographer (uncredited)
Peter F. Woeste .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Casting Department
Lindsay Walker .... casting: Canada
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Stephanie Nolin .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
Nell Banks .... assistant editor
Dennis Brookins .... negative cutter
Earle Herdan .... assistant editor
Regis Kimble .... apprentice editor
Music Department
Ted Roberts .... music editor
Fred Steiner .... composer: original Perry Mason theme
Transportation Department
Jake Callihoo .... transportation coordinator
Robert Benjamin .... transportation coordinator (uncredited)
Other crew
Lorraine Baird .... production accountant: (Canada )
Robyn Britton .... production coordinator
Wayne Fitzgerald .... original main title designer
Janice Frome .... location manager
Avi Levy .... production controller
Roberta Slade .... production secretary
Dennis Smith .... legal advisor

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Brazil:100 min | USA:100 min
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9 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Dated and less refined that later films but still worth seeing, 3 February 2004
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

Father O'Neil and his assistant Sister Margaret are conducting a detailed audit of the church's financial dealings across the church and the local hospital. O'Neil quickly makes enemies among the management, who fear his cost-cutting measures will bring their gravy train to an end. With rumours of O'Neil and Margaret having an affair, a hired killer takes his chance to kill O'Neil and frame Margaret. The Archbishop calls his old friend Perry Mason to help defend Margaret and the Church.

An early Mason in the TVM series of films, this is better in some ways than the later films but not as good in others. The plot is a little more interesting than usual and is different in that we see the hired killer doing the deed, although it still goes forward without us knowing who actually hired him. The film has the usual formula but it feels less polished than later films as well as having some elements that don't work as well. The action side of the film with Drake Jnr is less entertaining than usual, it lacks the rough humour although it does have the odd try - bringing Mason in toting a gun was a bad move and felt misjudged and ill-fitting to the character.

The usual flirty bit of action between Drake and his female sidekick is kinda impossible this time with his sidekick being a nun and all! In place of this they have a melodramatic subplot where Margaret struggles with her faith; however this is a little too heavily done and the music swells up too often - it doesn't sit well with the Mason formula. In fact the wider score also felt a little bit too worthy and it didn't work that well, although it did give the impression that the film had aspirations above TVM standards.

The cast is not that great and only has a few well-known faces in there that aren't used that well. Burr is assured in the courtroom scenes but is less comfortable with the gun or having to do all the melodramatic close ups required. Hale has barely a line to say and Katt doesn't have as much fun as he does in later films (before he bowed out for Moses to replace him - frightening how similar they look!). However this film contains two good performances in reasonably important roles: the DA and the regular Detective Brock. Stiers is one of the most distinctive DA's of the series, you do feel like he could beat Mason, even if he never does. McEachin is a series regular but his role has a little bit more than the usual dialogue to it here. Greene overdoes her role while the big name in the support cast is Tom Bosley - wow!

Overall this is worth seeing as all the usual formula are here; some elements are not as refined as they would later become and don't sit very well within the film. It's isn't great for this reason but fans of the series will enjoy it nonetheless.

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