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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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Amelia
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Angélica Aragón ...
Luisa Huertas ...
Ernesto Gómez Cruz ...
Obispo / Bishop
Gastón Melo ...
Martín
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Rubén de la Rosa
Gerardo Moscoso ...
Doc
Alfredo Gonzáles ...
Viejo / Old Man
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El Presidente Municipal Gordo / Mayor Gordo (as Pedro Armendáriz)
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Amparito
Lorenzo de Rodas ...
Don Paco de la Rosa
Roger Nevares ...
Padre Galván
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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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Rated R for sexuality, language and some disturbing images | See all certifications »

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16 August 2002 (Mexico)  »

Also Known As:

The Crime of Padre Amaro  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$5,709,616 (USA) (4 April 2003)
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This movie began creating controversy even before it was released. Several groups, most of them related to church, tried to ban the movie. They did not succeed; instead, tickets were sold out on opening weekend. See more »

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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 »

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Padre Benito: I made you the priest's whore.
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Piano Concert No. 5, Adagio Un Poco Mosso
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delivers what one expects
17 August 2002 | by See all my reviews

"El Crimen del padre Amaro" is a film hard to watch, specially for catholics and yes, it could change your vision for Catholic Church if you take as an example recent events in real life.

The movie starts a controversy that surrounds the credibility of the Catholic Church through their priests and the connections between the Church with politics and drug dealers. What is shown in this movie is related to related events in society, and that's where the movie succeeds. The events are so well described that anyone could say this adaptation of the novel is based on a real life event. Gael García in the role of Padre Amaro delivers a solid and believable performance as always. Supporting actors like the great Damian Alcazar, Pedro Armendariz, Angélica Aragón and Ana Claudia Talancón complete one of the best cast in contemporary Mexican cinema.

The movie was released in Mexican theaters this weekend, even though it was almost banned for it's crude thematic. After watching it, I can say that my expectations delivered what I expected. This is by no mean a masterpiece, but it does it right in it's own way as it's not for every audience. I recommend it for everyone, even if you are not Catholic this movie shows how the Church has became a dirty business and not only in México...

"El Crimen del Padre Amaro" will start a controversy and it will be acclaimed by critics, just like "Amores Perros" and "Y Tu Mamá También".


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