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Writer (WGA):
Donald P. Bellisario (written by)
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Release Date:
18 November 1988 (USA) See more »
God help Father Michael Pace. See more »
A New York priest with blood ties to the Mafia uses the auspices of the Church to protect the mistress... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Poorly scripted curiosity blends mob, church, and law. See more (16 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Tom Berenger ... Father Michael Pace

Daphne Zuniga ... Angela

Chick Vennera ... Nuzo
Anne Twomey ... Zena

Dane Clark ... Don Carlo

Paul Dooley ... Father Freddie
Vassili Lambrinos ... Tío

Adrian Paul ... Tony

Deborah Pratt ... Robin Dwyer
Tony DiBenedetto ... Lt. Jericho (as Tony Di Benedetto)
Christine Poor ... Teri

Al Rodrigo ... Luis De Vega (as Al Rodriguez)
Jack Hallett ... Officer Reardon
Louis Gigante ... Bishop Frascati (as Father Louis Gigante)
Ibi Kaufman ... Theresa

Frank Patton ... O'Bannon
Maurizio Benazzo ... Valentino
Roberto Corbo ... Geno (as Robert Corbo)
Leslie Arnett ... Casey
Ernesto González ... Mexican Desk Clerk (as Ernesto Gonzalez)
Mary Diveny ... Gossip Confessor
Julie Kenyon ... Young Girl Confessor
Lynda Jordan ... Weeping Mother
Tony Lip ... Cabbie

Damien Leake ... Detective Brown
Phil Neilson ... Drug Dealer
Peter J. Blanck ... News Cameraman
Shawn Gold ... Paramedic
Ricky Rojas ... Basketball Player
Frank Simpson ... Heart Attack Victim
Anthony Bishop ... Madoni
Tony Montana ... Man at Cemetery
Chelsea Berenger ... Baptismal Baby
Lisa Berenger ... Baptismal Mother

Troian Bellisario ... Nuzo's Daughter (as Troian Avery Bellisario)
Michael Bellisario ... Nuzo's Son (as Michaelangelo Bellisario)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kristin Andersen ... Customer (uncredited)

Directed by
Donald P. Bellisario 
Writing credits
Donald P. Bellisario (written by)

Produced by
Donald P. Bellisario .... producer
Patrick McCormick .... producer
Original Music by
Bruce Broughton 
Cinematography by
David Watkin 
Film Editing by
Pembroke J. Herring 
Casting by
Joy Todd 
Production Design by
Peter S. Larkin  (as Peter Larkin)
Art Direction by
Victor Kempster 
Set Decoration by
Steven J. Jordan  (as Steven Jordan)
Costume Design by
Joseph G. Aulisi 
Makeup Department
Frank Bianco .... hair stylist
Allen Weisinger .... makeup artist
Production Management
Efren Flores .... production manager: Mexico (as Efren Flores Torres)
Héctor López .... production supervisor: Mexico (as Hector Lopez)
Lenny Vullo .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David Jones .... second unit director
Jesús Marín .... first assistant director: Mexico (as Jesus Marin)
Joe Napolitano .... first assistant director
Joe Napolitano .... second unit director
David Sardi .... second assistant director
Art Department
Andrew Benepe .... statue artist
Carol Jean Feuerman .... sculptures: "The Shower", "Relevce" and "The City Slicker" (as Carol Jeane Feuerman)
Tom McDermott .... property master
Fernando Ramírez .... art director: Mexico (as Fernando Ramirez)
Gabriela Robles .... art coordinator: Mexico
Richard A. Ventre .... master scenic artist (as Richard Ventre)
Sabrina Wright .... set dresser
Thomas Wright .... property master (as Tom Wright)
Sound Department
Michael C. Casper .... sound re-recording mixer
Michael H. Ford .... supervising sound editor
George Fredrick .... sound editor (as George T. Frederick)
Tom Gerard .... sound re-recording mixer (as Thomas Gerard)
Victor B. Lackey .... sound editor (as Vic Lackey)
Les Lazarowitz .... sound mixer
Daniel J. Leahy .... sound re-recording mixer (as Daniel Leahy)
David Moshlak .... sound mixer
Bernard F. Pincus .... sound editor
Lisa Shaw Phillips .... first assistant sound editor (as Lisa Shaw)
Sam F. Shaw .... supervising sound editor (as Sam Shaw)
Pat Somerset .... adr editor
Jeffrey Kaplan .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Connie Brink .... special effects (as Conrad Brink)
Laurencio Cordero .... special effects: Mexico (as Laurencio 'Chovy' Cordero)
Visual Effects by
Mark Whitlock .... matte artist: Illusion Arts
Phil Gosiewski .... visual effects technician (uncredited)
Danny Aiello III .... stunts (as Danny Aiello II)
Kurt Bryant .... stunts
Peter Bucossi .... stunts
John Cade .... stunts
Ursula Canci .... stunts (as Ursala Cinci)
Doug Coleman .... stunts
Lisa Dalton .... stunts (as Lisa Loving)
Roy Farfel .... stunts
Diamond Farnsworth .... stunt coordinator (as Richard 'Diamond' Farnsworth)
Frank Ferrara .... stunts
Jery Hewitt .... stunts (as Jerry Hewitt)
Burt Marshall .... stunts
Phil Neilson .... stunts
Marilyn Pagano .... stunts
Sandy Richman .... stunts
Michael Russo .... stunts (as Mike Russo)
Patricia Tallman .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Richard Guinness Jr. .... key grip
Frank Schulz .... chief lighting technician
Andrew D. Schwartz .... still photographer (as Andy Schwartz)
Michael Stone .... camera operator: additional photography
Suzanne Tenner .... still photographer
Ron Zarilla .... first assistant camera
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Daniel P. Lomax .... wardrobe supervisor: men
Jennifer Nichols .... wardrobe supervisor: women
Editorial Department
Donah Bassett .... negative cutter
Tim Board .... assistant editor (as Timothy Board)
Tom Clagett .... assistant editor
Bob Hagans .... color timer (as Bob Hagens)
Music Department
Patricia Peck .... music editor
Armin Steiner .... music recording engineer
George Doering .... musician (uncredited)
Mark McKenzie .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Tom O'Donnell .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Laura Aguilar .... production coordinator: Mexico
Heidi August .... production auditor
Vincent J. Burns .... production assistant
Eva Z. Cabrera .... script supervisor
Bobby Caravella .... location assistant
Annemarie Costello .... assistant to producers
Gerald Cuesta .... production assistant
Alfredo D'Angelo .... supplier: bridal apparel (as Alfredo Angelo)
Susan Fazekas .... location manager
Rosa María Gómez .... production auditor: Mexico (as Rosa Maria Gomez)
William Hudson .... production assistant
Lane Hurwitz .... production assistant
Edward A. Ioffreda .... production assistant (as Edward Ioffreda)
Jeannie Isaacs .... assistant: Mr. Bellisario
Doree Jones .... production assistant
Larry Kaplan .... unit publicist
Lisa Keller .... production assistant
Gail Leicht .... production assistant
Suzanne Luna .... production assistant
Lee Ann Martin .... choreographer
Charles Mcdonald .... title designer (as Chales McDonald)
Maggie Murphy .... production assistant
Michele Piccione .... supplier: bridal apparel
Nancy Rupp .... production assistant
Chris Sangria .... assistant to producers
Jill Sprecher .... production coordinator
John Tichenor .... location scout: Mexico
David Ticotin .... location coordinator
Crew believed to be complete

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103 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Donald P. Bellisario's only film for cinemas.See more »
Audio/visual unsynchronized: 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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4 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Poorly scripted curiosity blends mob, church, and law., 2 May 2004
Author: xavrush89 from Illinois, U.S.A.

This film has a few things going for it and not much else. It does have an icy female villain well played by one Anne Twomey, who is now known only for her small part as the NBC exec who put the kibosh on Jerry's sitcom pilot on Seinfeld. It has the sexiness of Tom Berenger and Daphne Zuniga, but doesn't seem to know what to do with them. And it has brief full-frontal male nudity by an unknown actor at the beginning, worth a look alone since it happens so rarely in American films.

That's it. The rest is not good, but it may be fun to watch just to see how convoluted it gets. Plus you keep thinking the main actors are going to bare all, but they never really do. (Zuniga gets some rear shots, but is pretty skillful at arm-placement when facing the camera. If you wanna see more of Berenger, get At Play in the Fields of the Lord instead.) Sorry to keep dwelling on the nudity, but this is not a film you watch for the plot.

Roger Ebert named this as the worst film of 1988 six weeks before the year was up. I don't think it's that bad, but it tests your patience. Funny, he ran into Zuniga at Sundance about 13 years later and they exchanged pleasantries. Apparently he was kinder to her in other reviews. She has deserved better, and in fact could be having a Helen Hunt kinda career if she hadn't been cast in films like this. (Being on Melrose Place probably seemed like a good idea at the time, but not in retrospect.)

You can decide for yourself if this film is "so bad it's good" or just bad. Perhaps it might have been a great cheap Cinemax "erotic thriller" with a controversial priest angle, but at face value it's lame, with a lousy written tough-guy priest character that rings false all the way through it. If you want to see a story about a morally compromised priest, see Linus Roache in the excellent PRIEST, not this.

To sum up, I was curious about this film, and I'm glad I watched it, but I probably would not watch it again. (Did I just qualify that with a 'probably'?)

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