El crimen del padre Amaro (2002)
"El crimen del Padre Amaro" (original title)

R  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  13 December 2002 (USA)
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Politics and sexual passions threaten to corrupt a young, newly-ordained priest in a small Mexican town.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Angélica Aragón ...
Luisa Huertas ...
Ernesto Gómez Cruz ...
Gastón Melo ...
Rubén de la Rosa
Gerardo Moscoso ...
Alfredo Gonzáles ...
Viejo / Old Man
Presidente Municipal Gordo (as Pedro Armendáriz)
Lorenzo de Rodas ...
Don Paco de la Rosa
Roger Nevares ...
Padre Galván


Recently ordained a priest, 24-year-old Father Amaro is sent to a small parish church in Los Reyes, Mexico to assist the aging Father Benito in his daily work. Benito--for years a fixture in the church as well as the community--welcomes Father Amaro into a new life of unseen challenges. Upon arriving in Los Reyes, the ambitious Father Amaro meets Amelia, a beautiful 16-year-old girl whose religious devotion soon becomes helplessly entangles in a growing attraction to the new priest. Amelia is quickly following into the footsteps of her mother, Sanjuanera, who has been engaged in a long-time affair with Father Benito. Amaro soon discovers that corruption and the Church are old acquaintances in Los Reyes. Father Benito has been receiving financial help from the region's drug lord for the construction of a new health clinic. As well, another priest in the diocese, Father Natalio, is suspected of assisting guerilla troops in the highlands. Maenwhile, Amelia and Father Amaro have fallen in... Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Drama | Romance

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Rated R for sexuality, language and some disturbing images | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

13 December 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Crime of Padre Amaro  »

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$1,800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$496,290 (USA) (15 November 2002)


$5,709,616 (USA) (4 April 2003)

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Did You Know?


This movie is based on the 1875 novel of the same name by 'Eça De Queiroz'. See more »


When Amaro is carrying Amelia out of the clinic and into the car, the old man who opens the car door and holds it for Amaro slams the car door into the camera, which looses its orientation for a while - and there even is a sound. See more »


Padre Benito: I made you the priest's whore.
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Crazy Credits

"In memoriam Paco Rabal" See more »


Referenced in Promoción (Prohibida su venta) (2003) See more »


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Written and Performed by David Olivarez
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The Crime of Lousy Adaptation!!
15 February 2003 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

"O Crime do Padre Amaro" (the original title of the Portuguese novel) is one of my all-time favorite books, written by Eça de Queirós in 1875, one of the stalwarts of realism in literature, along with Flaubert or Zola. If you read this novel today, besides being marveled by its iconoclast wit, powerful story-telling, sharply drawn multi-layered characters and magnificent style, you will no doubt be startled by Eça's volcanic attacks on the Catholic clergy's corrupt morals and behavior in late 1800s Portugal.

Well, this Mexican adaptation is a total waste of the novel's story and shocking power, beginning with the bad idea to transpose it to modern times -- how can anyone relate to the impact of Eça's novel when sex scandals in the Catholic Church have become daily news? Anyhow, this is no excuse for the film's soap-opera approach, lame adaptation, cardboard characters, unimaginative direction, bland acting (Bernal, Talacón, though they make a beautiful couple) or sheer overacting (most of the cast, excepting the good jobs by Damián Alcázar and Angélica Aragón).

A major disappointment from director Carrera, writer Leñeros, and actor García Bernal, who was very interesting in "Amores Perros" and "Y Tu Mamá También" (and since then progressively déjà vu), but is totally lost here, his expression telling us he didn't get the first idea about Amaro's cynicism, passion, ambition and growing immorality. Amaro is NOT about standing there wide-eyed and being pretty!

If you want to be thrilled and overwhelmed by a real masterpiece, forget about this movie and read the magnificent novel instead. The book - 10/10 the film - 1/10.

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