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The Rosary Murders (1987)

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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Complete credited cast:
Father Robert Koesler
Father Ted Nabors
Pat Lennon
Lieutenant Koznicki
Robert Javison
Leila Danette ...
Mrs. Washington
Father Edward Killeen
Kathleen Tolan ...
Sister Ann Vania
Detective Fallon
Irene Jimenez
John Danelle ...
Detective Harris
Anna Minot ...
Sister Mary Martyrs
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Roger Angelini ...
B. Constance Barry ...
Sister Grace


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 <pappagone2@libero.it>

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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:

14 April 1988 (Italy)  »

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 »


Recorded & Sung by Nancy Wood
Composed by Bobby Laurel
Lyrics by Bobby Laurel & Dennis Leahy
Based on an adaptation of the Third Symphony written by Johannes Brahms
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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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