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The Rosary Murders (1987)

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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

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

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 more »


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9 August 1989 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Confession criminelle  »

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$1,730,337 (USA)
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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 »

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References Psycho (1960) See more »

Soundtracks

IN YOUR EYES
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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better than expected
30 December 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Donald Sutherland is a Detroit priest who hears the confession of a serial killer with a grudge against the clergy, and is later forced by the ethics of his vocation to (reluctantly) hunt down the murderer himself, unearthing a spine-chilling string of motivation behind each new death. It could have been just another routine shocker, but a clever script and some unusually taciturn direction turns the otherwise familiar material into a modest but intriguing whodunit (actually more a 'whydunit') set against the rituals and mysteries of the Catholic Church, always a reliable source of guilt and intrigue. The steady accumulation of clues and evidence is interrupted only by an unsurprising (and unnecessary) romantic subplot, which happily compromises neither the mystery itself nor Sutherland's oath of celibacy.


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