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Release Date:
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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Disposable Time Filler, 11 July 2015
Author: Kevin-94 from Boston

This made for TV mystery was dull and lifeless. There wasn't anything notable or well crafted about any aspect of it. The dialogue was flat. The cinematography was uninspired. Scenes are poorly staged with actors standing around awkwardly, and the pace in individual scenes frequently lagged. The acting was bland. The energy is low and the whole film lacks any real style or strong point of view. There are no interesting relationships here or memorable scenes.

The film features a dull mystery regarding the death of a priest. A nun he had been working with is charged with the crime. There's the usual collection of random, interchangeable suspects. Those used to smart and energetic legal dramas like "Law and Order" will be underwhelmed by the staid courtroom scenes. And the revelation of the killer falls flat, because really any of them could have done it. There's no real specificity or cleverness to the mystery's resolution.

Raymond Burr brings his trademark gravity to the Mason role, but the writers have not given him much to work with. Mason is a mostly expository character with little personality. He has no interests, quirks, passions or seemingly any personal life to speak of. He also doesn't seem to form even the slightest emotional bond with anyone else in the story. He's utterly disengaged. Follow his example and disengage from the film yourself.

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