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True Confessions (1981)

A worldly ambitious monsignor clashes with his older brother, a cynical Los Angeles homicide detective who is investigating the brutal murder of a young prostitute.

Director:

Ulu Grosbard

Writers:

John Gregory Dunne (novel), John Gregory Dunne (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert De Niro ... Des Spellacy (as Robert DeNiro)
Robert Duvall ... Tom Spellacy
Charles Durning ... Jack Amsterdam
Kenneth McMillan ... Frank Crotty
Ed Flanders ... Dan T. Campion
Cyril Cusack ... Cardinal Danaher
Burgess Meredith ... Seamus Fargo
Rose Gregorio Rose Gregorio ... Brenda Samuels
Dan Hedaya ... Howard Terkel
Gwen Van Dam ... Mrs. Fazenda
Thomas Hill ... Mr. Fazenda (as Tom Hill)
Jeanette Nolan ... Mrs. Spellacy
Jorge Cervera Jr. Jorge Cervera Jr. ... Eduardo Duarte
Susan Myers Susan Myers ... Bride
Louisa Moritz ... Whore
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Storyline

De Niro (a Catholic Priest) and Duvall (a Homicide Detective) play brothers drawn together after many years apart, in the aftermath of the brutal murder of a young prostitute. Written by Grant Hamilton <n9431210@scholar.nepean.uws.edu.au>

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Two brothers out to save everyone else. But they couldn't save each other.

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Crime | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 September 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Confesiones verdaderas See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$12,850,276

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$12,850,276
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Robert De Niro was Ulu Grosbard's first choice to play Tom, Duvall's role. The only other actor considered was Gene Hackman, an old friend of Grosbard's, but he turned the part down. See more »

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The Catholic Rosary ends with the prayer Hail! Holy Queen then the Sign of The Cross. Desmomd did neither of these over the radio. See more »

Quotes

Brenda Samuels: [to Tom] Have you ever noticed when you get old, your feet swell up.
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References Casablanca (1942) See more »

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Music by Lionel Newman
Played at the wedding reception
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Not as good as it could have been
31 March 2006 | by MovieAddict2016See all my reviews

Los Angeles, 1948. Robert De Niro is a Catholic priest whose brother (Robert Duvall), a seedy cop, has been assigned to the case of a brutally murdered young prostitute. Through a matter of irony the girl is linked to the priest, who was present in a car with her prior to her death, and soon controversy flairs and a big to-do is made of it.

"True Confessions" plays a bit too slowly, and is rather predictable. It also does a poor job of managing some of its plot -- it tries to criticize the absurdity of the press at some points, but just becomes a victim of its own satire when it unrealistically links events together via newspapers in the film.

De Niro is believable as a priest, although maybe a bit too young for the role. Duvall is impressive as a gruff detective -- not a typical role for the actor. (Darker than he usually is in most movies.) If you're a fan of the actors I'd try to watch this at least once in your lifetime just for the sake of being able to say or know that you saw it -- but I wouldn't go out of my way to see it if I were you.


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