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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).
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 »
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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  (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)
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)
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
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
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Director Cameo: [Donald P. Bellisario]Man getting out of the taxi cab that Angela and Father Freddie take, about 63 minutes into the movie.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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11 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Bridge Over Muddled Waters, 18 May 2004
Author: sol from Brooklyn NY USA

+MAJOR SPOILERS+ At the start of the movie "Last Rites" Geno, Roberto Corbo, is gunned down in his hotel room by his wife Zena, Anne Twomey, as his lover Angela, Daphne Zuniga, runs for her life and locks herself in the bathroom.

Zena blasting the locked door with a shower of bullets feels that Angela is also dead and leaves. Later Father Michael, Tom Berenger, who's a priest at New Yorks Saint Patrick's Cathedral takes a confession from non-other then Angela about feeling guilty for the death of her lover Geno. Geno is Michael's good friend as well as his brother-in-law.

Arranging to meet Angela that night Michael is picked up by a cabbie Luis, Al Rodriquez, who was sent by Angela to take him to her loft. There Angela tells Michael that she had no idea that Geno was still married to Zena Michael's sister. Now she feels that she'll be killed by Zena's and Micheal's father's Don Carlo, Dean Clark, mobsters for fooling around with Geno. Michael at first feels that there's more to the story then what Angela is telling him. Why did she go to him, Zena's brother, of all people to confess about having an affair with his brother-in-law Geno without knowing who he is?

At first when watching the movie "last Rites" it looks like the story of a woman who was cheated on by her husband who then took things into her own hands. But as the movie moves along you begin to realize that the story is more, far more, then what you at first thought it was.

Michael is smitten by Angel's beauty as well as her vulnerability hides her in his residents at the cathedral with the help of fellow priest Father Freddy, Paul Dooley. As Michael's father Don Carlo, New York's Boss of Bosses in the Mafia, has his hoods out on the street looking for her.

It's obvious that Angela did a lot more damage to Zena and her father that what it seems on the surface in her having an affair with Zena's husband Geno. Some of the truth comes out later when Michael has a talk with his friend and undercover policemen Nuzo, Chick Vennera. But before Nuzo can do anything to make Michael see what he's involved in he and his partner are gunned down in an undercover drug bust that tragically backfired.

It turns out that Geno was talking to the Feds and gave them enough rope to hang Michael's father Don Carlo. Geno was also making a deal with the Mannonie family who were trying to unseat or whack Don Carlo and take over his crime empire. The Mannonie's gave Geno five million dollars with which he and Angela would take off with and never be heard from again. Also it was Angela who put Geno up to selling out Don Carlo who she later planned to have murdered when they were out of the country and then keep all the money for herself.

Crossing the border into Mexico Michael and Angela spend the night at a hacienda but when Michael wakes up the next morning Angela is gone. Going into town looking for Angela Michael sees Luis the cab driver who took him to Angela's loft in New York. Going to the house where he saw Luis coming out of Michael finds that Luis and Angela are married and that they played him for a sucker! The plan was to get Angela out of the country and away from the vengeful Don Carlo and his mob. Both Louis & Angela are now going to have Michael murdered. Then with Michael out of the way they'll together live off the money that the Mannonie family paid Geno to sell out Michael's father.

Very confusing movie due to the bad editing and atrocious acting on the part of the beautiful but irritating Daphne Zuniga. But if you overlook the bad editing and acting and follow the story it's not as bad as most people say it is. This doesn't mean that "Last Rites" is by any stretch of the imagination a good movie.

Tom Berenger really rises above the material that he's given in the movie with a very sensitive and troubling portrayal of Father Michael. A man born into the mob who wants to make penance for his father's sins. Also Tom Berenger shows a very commanding use of the Italian language in the scenes where he speaks it. But It's the movies bad editing and directing that does it in by muddling the story instead of crystallizing it.

Among the many plot-holes, and there are legions of them, in the movie is the scene in Mexico after Michael finds out about Angela cheating on him as well as setting him up for an assassins bullet. You see Michael, after praying in the local church, taking off what looks like, I may be wrong, a wedding ring from his finger and sadly dropping it on the ground. Even though you never saw Michael and Angela get married in the movie for him to have that wedding ring in the first place.

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