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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priest | church | mexico | politics | love | See All (178) »


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Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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Box Office


$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 »


Amaro gets beaten up by Ruben and receives some bruises in his face. A little later, when he meets Amelia in the church, the bruises are gone. See more »


Padre Benito: That I told you? Really?
Augustina Sanjuanera: That you told me.
Padre Benito: I hope God agrees with it.
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"In memoriam Paco Rabal" See more »


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


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Oh... my... god...
21 August 2002 | by (Mexico City) – See all my reviews

This is, without a doubt, the most controversial mexican film ever. I don't know if people from around the world will understand the impact it had here in Mexico, but here are some hints: a) almost everybody in Mexico is catholic, b) Mexican catholics have an enormous respect for priests.

So, imagine the chaos when a film is about a priest, Father Amaro (García Bernal), who falls in love with a teenage girl (Talancón) and is under the supervision of the local priest, Father Benito (Gracia), who is involved with one of the most wanted drug dealers in the country. And it gets better.

Nevertheless, the film does not criticize the catholic religion; it criticizes people, wether they're in a robe or not (as always, there's a lot of jabs to mexican politics too). "El crimen del padre Amaro" is a movie about human flaws and passions. Passion for a woman, passion for justice, passion for success; even passion for a religion.

Another plus is the performance of each and everyone of the cast members. Everybody is in character and brings to life a great plot. You can't help but thinking "Oh my, now how are they going to get out of this one?".

This one is a must-see. Remember: have an open mind, it's just a (very good) movie.

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