The Rosary Murders (1987)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Mystery  |  12 August 1988 (Denmark)
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A priest is put in a dilemma when the serial killer who has been murdering priests and nuns confesses to him.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Roger Angelini ...
Irene Jimenez
B. Constance Barry ...
Sister Grace
Pat Lennon
Doris Biscoe ...
Woman Newscaster
Sandy Broad ...
Keith Brooks ...
Altar Boy
Bethany Carpenter ...
Nancy Baldwin
Joseph Conrad ...
Richard Cottrell ...
Officer Mills
John Danelle ...
Detective Harris
Leila Danette ...
Mrs. Washington
Father Ted Nabors
Bruce Economou ...
Priest at Party
Father Skiarski


Life in the Catholic Church of the Holy Redeemer in Detroit is upset by a series of killings whose victims are all priests and nuns. All victims are found with a black rosary in their hands. Father Koesler begins collaborating with the police but soon finds himself in a spot when the killer decides to choose him as confessor. Written by Salvatore Santangelo <>

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priest | nun | rosary | catholic | death | See All (19) »


God works in mysterious ways. Man works in the deadliest.


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Release Date:

12 August 1988 (Denmark)  »

Also Known As:

Confession criminelle  »

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$1,730,337 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Not only are Catholic priests bound by the seal of confession not to reveal who or what people confess, but the seal also forbids them to USE any information heard in the confessional. Thus, in real life Fr. Koesler would have been unable to even investigate the murders on his own. See more »


References Psycho (1960) See more »


Composed by Antonio Lotti
Performed by The Rochester Catholic Chorale
Conducted by Daniel H. Olsen
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Disappointing thriller.
14 December 2000 | by See all my reviews

Donald Sutherland is good, but he can't make this film worth seeing all by himself. The director doesn't seem to have the temperament that's needed for a successful thriller, the plot moves slowly and monotonously, and the whole thing just plods on to an ending that fails to explain the killer's motivation satisfyingly. (*1/2)

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