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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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13 December 2002 (USA) See more »
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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

Andrés Montiel ... Rubén de la Rosa

Damián Alcázar ... Padre Natalio Pérez
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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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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Did You Know?

In 2002, this film became the highest-grossing Mexican film of all time (at Mexico's domestic box office), when it surpassed previous record holder, Sex, Shame & Tears (1999), with a total gross of US$ 16.3 million.See more »
Crew or equipment visible: 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 »
Father Amaro:Tell me your sins, child.
Amelia:You already know them. And your sins?
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Benchwarmers (2006)See more »
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19 out of 36 people found the following review useful.
Catholic Church Corruption in Mexico, 5 May 2005
Author: cbrown10 from United States

Crimen del Padre Amaro

The film Crimen del Padre Amaro is set in Los Reyes, Mexico in 2002. In Mexico by 2002, a continuing economic, political, and social crisis was spiraling deeper and deeper. The chaos was caused by a debt problem and the system of dependent capitalism the debt produced. "Between 1994 and 2000 average wages declined 21 percent" (Keen 317). By 2002, Mexico had become more and more dependent primarily upon the United States, its foreign export, and its investment-capital markets. Despite these setbacks, Mexicans always had something to fall back upon and to look to for support: the Catholic Church.

The Catholic Church is the main focus in the movie Crimen del Padre Amaro. There are no specific events that occurred within the movie that occurred in real Mexican history; however the events that do occur are believable and likely happened. Within the film, Padre Benito is taking money donations from a local drug lord to help fund a new hospital. Since there are many drug lords in Mexico it is not unbelievable that two of the most powerful groups in Mexico are the drug lords and the Church officials. It makes sense that they would overlap at some point, however I am sure that this scenario does not occur in all areas of Mexico. The director could have made it a little clearer that the drug lord was an actual drug lord; it was a little confusing with the mayor and the drug lord to keep each person separate. Another point of corruption within the Church is the fact that both Padre Benito and Padre Amaro have sexual relations with females despite their celibacy vows. This is not surprising at all, since it has become public knowledge that many Catholic priests have had sexual relations with people in recent years. The director could have shown more of the economic crisis and guerrilla warfare situations more, because they were a little confusing if one did not know or look into what was going on in Mexico in 2002.

The film is well made and attention-grabbing. The plot is a little confusing at first, as most movies are, however it all becomes much clearer and focused as the movie continues. In the beginning of the movie, Padre Amaro is seen as the good guy, who everyone wanted to succeed; however, by the end of the film, I looked upon Padre Amaro with complete disgust. Ironically, Padre Benito, I felt, was a horrible, corrupt priest in the beginning, and by the end I liked him much more than ever before. Padre Amaro was so young and yet he ended up being the most selfish and corrupt of all the priests in the community. Crimen del Padre Amaro is a very interesting film that is entertaining and worth watching to see what modern-day rural Mexico is like.

The film Crimen del Padre Amaro shows an interesting outlook of the Catholic Church and the corruption that exists within the Church in Mexico. It is very gripping and definitely worth watching. Although there are parts that can be confusing, it is fascinating to see how rural and "backward" parts of Mexican life can be. I would recommend viewing this movie and on a scale of 1-10, I would give it a 7.

Works Cited: Keen, Benjamin and Keith Haynes: A History of Latin America. New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 2004.

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