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The Crime of Father Amaro -- Politics and sexual passions threaten to corrupt a young, newly-ordained priest in a small Mexican town.


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16 August 2002 (Mexico) See more »
Lead us not into temptation See more »
Politics and sexual passions threaten to corrupt a young, newly-ordained priest in a small Mexican town. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Gael García Bernal ... Padre Amaro

Ana Claudia Talancón ... Amelia

Sancho Gracia ... Padre Benito Díaz
Angélica Aragón ... Augustina Sanjuanera
Luisa Huertas ... Dionisia
Ernesto Gómez Cruz ... Obispo
Gastón Melo ... Martín

Damián Alcázar ... Padre Natalio Pérez

Andrés Montiel ... Rubén de la Rosa
Gerardo Moscoso ... Doc
Alfredo Gonzáles ... Viejo / Old Man

Verónica Langer ... Amparito

Pedro Armendáriz Jr. ... Presidente Municipal Gordo (as Pedro Armendáriz)
Lorenzo de Rodas ... Don Paco de la Rosa
Roger Nevares ... Padre Galván

Fernando Becerril ... Galarza
Jorge Zárate ... Padre Mauro
Rosa María Castillo ... Chepina
Blanca Loaria ... Getsemaní
Juan Ignacio Aranda ... Chato Aguilar
Martín Zapata ... Agente MP
Dagoberto Gama ... Lucas
Rogelio Rojas ... Fotógrafo
Jorge Castillo ... Matías
Mario Figueroa ... Chente
Enrique Vásquez ... Asaltante 1
Cristo Yánez ... Asaltante 2 (as Cristo Yáñez)
Marina Vera ... Mujer Asaltante
Leticia Valenzuela ... Doctora

Raul Askenazi ... Hueso (as Raúl Azkenazi)
Carmen Giménez Cacho ... Madre Hada
Roberto Linares ... Tiburón
Víctor Hernández ... Guaraura
Isidra Morales ... Comadre Dionisia
Martha Posternak ... Esposa Chato Aguilar
Ines Cuspinera ... Madrina Bebé Chato (as Inés Cuspinera)
José Luis Caballero ... Padrino Bebé Chato
Vanesa Barba ... Bebe Chato
Paloma Cobos ... Empleada MP
Enrique Gilardi ... Amigo Narco 1
Jaime Cancino ... Amigo Narco 2
Pablo Hoyos ... Amigo Narco 3
Daniel Posternak ... Amigo Narco 4 / Drug DealerFriend No. 4 (as Daniel Posterman)
Dino Demichelis ... Amigo Narco 5
Ana Izquierdo ... Enfermera (as Ana C. Izquierdo)
José Guadalupe Pintor ... Sacristán Nuevo
Alejandro Álvarez ... Coro 'Siquem'
Sergio Navarro ... Coro 'Siquem'
José Santos ... Coro 'Siquem'
Miguel Ángel Álvarez ... Coro 'Siquem'
Ma. del Rosario Rodríguez ... Coro 'Siquem'
Lilia Hernández ... Coro 'Siquem'
Beatriz Álvarez ... Coro 'Siquem'
Ángel Cristian Cruz ... Coro 'Siquem'
Selena Hurtado ... Coro 'Siquem'
Norma Angélica González ... Coro 'Siquem'
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Pope John Paul II ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Directed by
Carlos Carrera 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Eça de Queirós  novel
Vicente Leñero 

Produced by
Claudia Becker .... associate producer
Daniel Birman Ripstein .... producer
Scot Evans .... associate producer
Laura Imperiale .... executive producer
Atahualpa Lichy .... associate producer
José María Morales .... co-producer
Alfredo Ripstein hijo .... producer (as Alfredo Ripstein)
Original Music by
Rosino Serrano 
Cinematography by
Guillermo Granillo 
Film Editing by
Óscar Figueroa 
Casting by
Gerardo Rene Arellano 
Claudia Becker 
Sandra León Becker 
Art Direction by
Carmen Giménez Cacho 
Set Decoration by
Ivonne Fuentes 
Costume Design by
María Estela Fernández  (as Mariestela Fernández)
Makeup Department
Aurora Chavira .... makeup artist
Tere Chávez .... hair stylist
Sylvia Fernández .... assistant hair stylist
Marco A. Garcia .... assistant makeup artist
Production Management
Fernando Huberman .... production manager: Argentina
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Efren del Moral .... second assistant director
Miguel Lima .... first assistant director
Julian 'Chico' Valdez .... assistant director: second unit
Art Department
Luis Alderete .... painter
Israel Borges .... painter
Sebastián Cauvet .... art department assistant
Bernardo De La Rosa .... art department assistant
Rodolfo Martinez .... construction manager
Mariana Omaña .... art department coordinator
Diego Tellez .... on-set dresser
Carlos Torres .... property master (as Carlos Torres)
Sound Department
Saúl Almaráz .... sound re-recording mixer
Matías Barberis .... dialogue editor
Nerio Barberis .... sound designer
Natalia Bruschtein .... dialogue editor
Rubén Buelta .... sound effects: Argentina
Neto Gaytán .... sound mixer (as Ernesto Gaytán)
Thanos Kazakos .... sound re-recording mixer: English dubbing
Mario Martínez .... sound designer
Felipe Meléndez .... sound mixer
Santiago Núñez .... sound mixer
Rubén Santeiro .... sound effects: Argentina
Alexander Schwartz .... foley artist
Rosario Tapia .... sound effects coordinator
Felipe Zavala .... boom operator
Special Effects by
Sergio Jara Jr. .... special effects assistant
Sergio Jara .... special effects coordinator
Oscar Cantua .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Adrian Enriquez .... third assistant camera
Miguel Enríquez .... first assistant camera
Federico García .... still photographer
Iwao Kawasaki .... director of photography: second unit
Andrés León Becker .... director of photography: second unit
Froylán López .... gaffer
Abel Martinez .... electrician
Victor Muro .... electrician
Omar Muñoz .... video assist operator
Salvador Orendain .... electrician
Moisés Salazar .... electrician
Luis David Sansans .... Steadicam operator (as Luis Sansans)
Antonio Uruñuela .... second assistant camera
Casting Department
Gerardo Rene Arellano .... extras casting assistant
Ernesto Cairo .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Rodolfo Cruz .... assistant costumer
Marga Lozada .... assistant costumer
Margarita Lozada .... wardrobe: set
Rafael Ravello .... assistant costumer
Editorial Department
Alberto Acevedo .... color timer: Argentina
Nerio Barberis .... post-production
Héctor Belvedere .... negative cutter: Argentina
Alejandro Clancy .... post-production
Susana González .... assistant negative cutter
Lilia Lupercio .... negative cutter
Music Department
Saúl Almaráz .... music mixer
Emanuel Ax .... musician: piano for "Piano Concert No. 5, Adagio un poco mosso"
Ariel Barreras .... musician
Juan Carlos Ertze .... music mixer assistant
Juan Carlos Ertze .... music preparation: score
Joel Numa .... musician
Valeria Palomino .... associate music recordist
Rosino Serrano .... conductor
Rosino Serrano .... orchestrator
Rosino Serrano .... producer: original score
Transportation Department
Edmundo Pérez .... production driver
Other crew
Victoria Alberca .... representative: Wanda Films (as María Victoria Alberca')
José Luis Caballero .... legal assistant
Rodolfo González .... location manager
Juan Pablo Goya .... coordinator: Alameda Films
Blanca Lidia Guzmán .... production coordinator
Raul Jacome .... production accountant
Teul Moiron .... location manager: Veracruz
Gabriela Monroy .... continuity
Héctor Montalvo .... assistant extras coordinator
Marcedes Moreno .... production assistant
Silvia Requena .... representative: Wanda Films
Esperanza Reyes .... production secretary
Claudio Tarrabe .... title designer: Argentina
Luis Villarreal .... production assistant
Francisco Rabal .... dedicatee (as Paco Rabal)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"El crimen del padre Amaro" - Mexico (original title)
"The Crime of Padre Amaro" - USA (DVD title)
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Rated R for sexuality, language and some disturbing images
USA:118 min
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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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 »
Continuity: 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:I made you the priest's whore.See more »
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5 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
One of the Best (or Maybe The Best) Movies of the Year, 17 November 2003
Author: Claudio Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

In 2002, in a small town in Mexico, Father Amaro (Gael Garcia Bernal), a young and promising priest, is assigned for that parochial. He is going to substitute Father Benito Diaz (Sancho Gracia), an old and corrupt priest of that community. Father Amaro is the protégé of the Bishop (Ernesto Gómez Cruz). Father Amaro meets Amelita (the gorgeous and sexy actress Ana Claudia Talancón), the very devoted catholic girlfriend of Rubén (Andrés Montiel), an atheist young journalist. Father Amaro also meets other priests of the neighbor towns in their periodical meeting in the church. In an environment of corruption and hypocrisy, Amelita and Father Amaro fall in love to each other. This relationship, full of lust and sin, leads them to a tragic and hypocrite end. Yesterday I watched this movie, which it is in my opinion, one of the best (or maybe the best) I have watched in 2003. I agree that the story is controversial and probably some (or most) of Catholics will not like it. It touches many wounds in this religion. The classic story of Eça de Queiroz, written in 1871, is greatly adapted for the present days. I have never had the chance of visiting Mexico, but in Brazil, in the Twenty-First Century, we have many country towns like the one showed in this wonderful film. The celibate was created in the Middle Ages by the Catholic Church to increase their wealth. How a normal man can keep the celibate is something that has never been clear for me. Lust, desire, is normal in a young man like the character of Father Amaro. In this movie, we have a young priest having a sinful relation with a very sensual girl. An older priest has a hypocrite relationship with an old widow (the mother of Amelita). This movie is indeed a great adaptation of a beautiful romance, with great performances and direction. My vote is ten.

Title (Brazil): "O Crime do Padre Amaro" ("The Crime of Father Amaro")

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