A ghetto priest has doubts about his calling and when he gives the last rites to a murder victim, he decides to help the man's girlfriend find his killers.

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Pater Joseph McMahon
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Nana Marie 'Nim' Fitzpatrick
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Detective Mulligan
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Monsignor Casey
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Michael Drumm
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Mrs. Chase
Jean De Baer ...
Gene Drumm
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Stuart Chase
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Maureen Phelan
Peter Crombie ...
Dan Phelan
Anthony LaGuerre ...
Carlos
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Miss Lalor
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Boy in Confession
Joseph Drblik ...
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When Father Joseph Hennessey visits the home of one of his parishioners to offer last rights,he becomes embroiled in a plot which ultimately shakes his faith to its very foundation. Intrigued by the dying man's mention of "Nim," and fascinated by the man's saintly demeanor, Father Joseph's curiosity is redoubled when a beautiful young woman enters his church to question the young priest about the deceased man. Father Joseph and the woman, whom he discovers to be the "Nim" in question, embark upon an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the man's death. They discover that the man was clearly murdered, that he was a celebrated artist, that he had several aliases, and that his work was particularly revered by two shady gallery owners. However, more shocking than any of the revelations is the discovery that the young woman and Father Joseph are falling in love. Father Joseph's commitment to his church has always been unflagging. He is now thrown into a crisis of faith, ... Written by Echo Bridge Home Entertainment

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Worth seeing due to an unusual performance by Tommy Lee Jones
23 November 1998 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

In Broken Vows, Tommy Lee Jones plays a shy, diffident Catholic priest who arrives at a crime scene just in time to give the last rites to the victim (David Straitharn). Intrigued by the slain man's last words, Jones sets out to find out more about him and the circumstances leading to his murder. For the first time, he ventures outside of the sheltered and ritualized world of the priesthood in which he has become immured and begins to meet people from all walks of life. In the course of his investigation, Jones meets the slain man's girlfriend, played by Annette O'Toole. The two immediately strike sparks off one another and an awkward, lively and tender relationship develops between the two. In a departure from his usual blustery macho roles, Tommy Lee Jones is in fine form as a young priest whose entire world is shaken as a consequence of a chance encounter with a dying man. The manner of man's death reawakens Jones' intellect and sensuality. For the first time, he questions the dogma that rules his circumscribed life and partakes of the life that exists beyond the doors of his church.


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