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Last Rites -- In this volatile thriller, a Catholic priest's (Tom Berenger) orderly world explodes with violence and eroticism when he offers protection to a woman hunted by the mob (Daphne Zuniga).


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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 »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (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
Gabriela Robles .... art coordinator: Mexico
Fernando Ramírez Romero .... art director: Mexico (as Fernando Ramirez)
Richard A. Ventre .... master scenic artist (as Richard Ventre)
Thomas Wright .... property master (as Tom Wright)
Sabrina Wright-Gilliar .... set dresser (as Sabrina 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)
Location Management
Bobby Caravella .... location assistant
Susan Fazekas .... location manager
John Tichenor .... location scout: Mexico
David Ticotin .... location coordinator
Music Department
Patricia Peck .... music editor
Armin Steiner .... music recording engineer
Tom Boyd .... oboe soloist (uncredited)
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
Annemarie Costello .... assistant to producers
Gerald Cuesta .... production assistant
Alfredo D'Angelo .... supplier: bridal apparel (as Alfredo Angelo)
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
Crew believed to be complete

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103 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Tom Berenger's wife Lisa and child Chelsea appear in the baptism scene.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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8 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Great for NYC grit, unrequited love, 15 August 2004
Author: afisherlaw ( from Rockville, Maryland, USA

Every New York film cannot be a lasting classic. This having been said, Last Rites has been wrongly berated from the outset for having a "corny" and/or predictable plot line. Whether you consider it a church film with mafia overtones or a mafia film with church overtones, Berenger's priest shows subtle vulnerability that escalates to overwhelming vulnerability and you have to be curious as to where it will end. Isn't this the essence of the entertainment -- to hold interest? The plot progression was thoughtful -- and even clever -- enough to catch me off guard enough to retain my curiosity level. Although a true veteran, I could not foresee the ending. Can't some films be for fun? This is one to enjoy: It's a "buddy" movie with a twist.

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