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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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Release Date:
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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Nominated for Oscar. Another 21 wins & 13 nominations See more »
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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 / Bishop
Gastón Melo ... Martín

Damián Alcázar ... Padre Natalio Pérez

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

Pedro Armendáriz Jr. ... El Presidente Municipal Gordo / Mayor Gordo (as Pedro Armendáriz)

Verónica Langer ... Amparito
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 / MP Agent
Dagoberto Gama ... Lucas
Rogelio Rojas ... Fotógrafo / Photographer
Jorge Castillo ... Matías
Mario Figueroa ... Chente
Enrique Vásquez ... Asaltante 1 / Assailant No. 1
Cristo Yánez ... Asaltante 2 / Assailant No. 2 (as Cristo Yáñez)
Marina Vera ... Mujer Asaltante / Woman Assailant
Leticia Valenzuela ... Doctora / Doctor

Raul Askenazi ... Hueso (as Raúl Azkenazi)
Carmen Giménez Cacho ... Madre Hada
Roberto Linares ... Tiburón
Víctor Hernández ... Guaraura
Isidra Morales ... Comadre Dionisia / Dionisia's Friend
Ines Cuspinera ... Madrina Bebé Chato / Chato Baby's Godmother (as Inés Cuspinera)
Martha Posternak ... Esposa Chato Aguilar / Chato Aguilar's Wife
José Luis Caballero ... Padrino Bebé Chato / Chato Baby's Godfather
Vanesa Barba ... Bebe Chato / Chato Baby
Paloma Cobos ... Empleada MP / Pleading MP
Enrique Gilardi ... Amigo Narco 1 / Drug Dealer Friend No. 1
Jaime Cancino ... Amigo Narco 2 / Drug Dealer Friend No. 2
Pablo Hoyos ... Amigo Narco 3 / Drug Dealer Friend No. 3
Daniel Posterman ... Amigo Narco 4 / Drug DealerFriend No. 4
Daniel Posternak ... Amigo Narco 4 / Drug Dealer Friend No. 4
Dino Demichelis ... Amigo Narco 5 / Drug Dealer Friend No. 5
Ana C. Izquierdo ... Enfermera / Nurse
José Guadalupe Pintor ... Sacristán Nuevo / New sexton
Alejandro Álvarez ... Coro "Siquem" / "Siquem" Choir
Sergio Navarro ... Coro "Siquem" / "Siquem" Choir
José Santos ... Coro "Siquem" / "Siquem" Choir
Miguel Ángel Álvarez ... Coro "Siquem" / "Siquem" Choir
Ma. del Rosario Rodríguez ... Coro "Siquem" / "Siquem" Choir
Lilia Hernández ... Coro "Siquem" / "Siquem" Choir
Beatriz Álvarez ... Coro "Siquem" / "Siquem" Choir
Ángel Cristian Cruz ... Coro "Siquem" / "Siquem" Choir
Selena Hurtado ... Coro "Siquem" / "Siquem" Choir
Norma Angélica González ... Coro "Siquem" / "Siquem" Choir
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)
Sook Yhun .... producer (english version)
Original Music by
Rosino Serrano 
Cinematography by
Guillermo Granillo 
Film Editing by
Óscar Figueroa 
Casting by
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
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
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

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 »
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 »
The Mayor:I rule for my people, not for my party.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Benchwarmers (2006)See more »
Piano Concert No. 5, Adagio Un Poco MossoSee more »


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13 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
A film we can't afford to ignore..., 8 December 2002
Author: spacedogg1979 ( from California

`El Crimen' was not a bad film, although it was hardly worthy of accolades. While the acting was passable, the story did not move along in a provocative enough manner to thoroughly captivate its audience-- in simple terms, the movie was somewhat slow.

What is interesting to notice is the reaction that the public-- especially the Catholic public-- has had to this film. As a Catholic, it saddens me to see the amazing amount of rage focused around the lust of the film's central character, Padre Amaro. The film, on a superficial level, was rebellion against stale relics of Catholic tradition-- such as requisite chastity for clergy and the deification of inanimate objects-- that may well spell the end of the faith if they are not shed. It is on these superficial levels that Padre Amaro is decried as a criminal of the faith by the viewing public, but lust is not this priest's true crime.

Central to the film's controversy is the corruption that propels the church. The truest crime of the film is the web of cover-ups and lies that the church creates in order to propagate its cause. The church is held deep in the pockets of the drug cartel and in order to maintain their stability, the majority of the church leadership, from the bishop down to the sacristans,

are quite comfortable with, at worst, lying and falsifying evidence or, at best, looking the other way. The crime of Padre Amaro is not so much that he acted upon his human impulses as that he accepts the corruption of the church by participating in its lies and creating lies of his own.

Unfortunately, this film's only exposé is not the corruption of the church, which has become more and more evident in recent times, but the faithful church body's willingness to pretend that none of this goes on. One of the most terrifyingly ironic cries of foul against this film, as evidenced in many of these reviews, is, `Priests would never act that way!' How can one, in today's climate, make such assertions? While this film should, in an ideal world, be objectionable, the current outcry by supposedly devout Catholics represents a denial of epidemic proportions.

If one would set aside one's group think for two hours while watching this film, one might gain a perspective of the church that our priests do not offer in their Sunday morning Masses. This film may not represent what we would like our church to be, but it does represent what our church is. If we continue to pretend that the current state of affairs of our faith is acceptable, then el crimen de Padre Amaro will also be our crime: complacence.

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