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Last Rites (1988)

Angela, the beautiful Mexican mistress of a NY mobster, asks virginal Father Michael for protection after Zena, the mobster's wife, kills her cheating husband. Michael becomes torn between his vows, Angela and his sister - Zena.
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Father Michael Pace
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Angela
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Nuzo
Anne Twomey ...
Zena
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Don Carlo
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Father Freddie
Vassili Lambrinos ...
Tío
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Tony
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Robin Dwyer
Tony DiBenedetto ...
Lt. Jericho (as Tony Di Benedetto)
Christine Poor ...
Teri
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Luis De Vega (as Al Rodriguez)
Jack Hallett ...
Officer Reardon
Louis Gigante ...
Bishop Frascati (as Father Louis Gigante)
Ibi Kaufman ...
Theresa
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A New York priest with blood ties to the Mafia uses the auspices of the Church to protect the mistress of a murdered Mafia Don--who is being hunted by hitmen in the employ of her lover's widow. Written by Marg Baskin <marg@asd.raytheon.ca>

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priest | mobster | church | mafia | love | See All (183) »

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Passion. Betrayal. Revenge. See more »


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18 November 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ritual de Sangue  »

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$426,965 (USA)
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The film is included on the film critic Roger Ebert's "Most Hated" list. See more »

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Gun used at the beginning by Zena ('Anne Twomey') to gun down her husband Geno (Roberto Corbo) has a silencer on it, but the gunshots are not silenced - in fact they are loud like normal gunshots. See more »

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Featured in Siskel & Ebert: The Worst Films of 1988 (1989) See more »

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ALL OF MY LIFE
Music by Bruce Broughton
Lyrics by Deborah Pratt
Performed by Deborah Pratt
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Very ordinary but not without merit
9 June 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Priest Father Michael (Tom Berenger) has a father who's the head of one of the families in the Mafia. Michael protects Angela (Daphne Zuniga) who his father wants dead...and starts to fall in love with her despite being a priest. Now he's torn between love for his family, love for Angela or love for the church.

The story has been done before and there's plenty wrong with it. For starters Berenger is totally miscast as the priest. In the right roles Berenger can be good--but not here. He's also far too muscular for any priest I've ever seen. Zuniga (with an atrocious faked accent) is no more than OK. The story also has more plot holes than I cared to count. Still it does (somewhat) work.

Within the first 5 minutes you have female nudity AND full frontal male nudity (unusual in any Hollywood movie). Zuniga has about two nude scenes and Berenger shows off his muscular chest. It is well directed and has a nice music score. There's also a wonderful supporting performance by Anne Twomey as Michael's sister Zena. Also there's a GREAT ending. These do make the movie worth sitting through. Also this DID play in theatres despite what Leonard Maltin says in his video guide. I saw it in a tiny little theatre back in 1988 (it played a week and that was it). I distinctly remember the quiet audience actually laughing and applauded when the main villain got what was coming to them. This is no classic--heck it's not even a good movie--but it's not an utter disaster either. An OK time waster.


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