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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Father Michael Pace
Anne Twomey ...
Don Carlo
Father Freddie
Vassili Lambrinos ...
Robin Dwyer
Tony DiBenedetto ...
Lt. Jericho (as Tony Di Benedetto)
Christine Poor ...
Luis De Vega (as Al Rodriguez)
Jack Hallett ...
Officer Reardon
Louis Gigante ...
Bishop Frascati (as Father Louis Gigante)
Ibi Kaufman ...


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 <>

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Release Date:

18 November 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ritual de Sangue  »

Box Office


$426,965 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Donald P. Bellisario: Man getting out of the taxi cab that Angela and Father Freddie take, about 63 minutes into the movie. See more »


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 »


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


Music by Bruce Broughton
Lyrics by Deborah Pratt
Performed by Deborah Pratt
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One of Berringer's best
29 January 2003 | by (Las Vegas, Nevada) – See all my reviews

This flick is full of surprises, from beginning to end. Colorful location shots. Extremely sensual. Good plot. Better-than-average dialog. Excellent acting, directing, photography, editing. A real story, not just a movie created to show what some computer whiz kid can do with special effects.

LAST RITES is a hard movie to find in the rental stores, but well worth the effort. Apparently some group (!) has tried to keep it off the shelves because of the content. Don't let someone censor your viewing--rent or buy this movie and judge for yourself.

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