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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 ... Father Des Spellacy (as Robert DeNiro)
Robert Duvall ... Det. Tom Spellacy
Charles Durning ... Jack Amsterdam
Kenneth McMillan ... Frank Crotty
Ed Flanders ... Dan T. Campion
Cyril Cusack ... Cardinal Danaher
Burgess Meredith ... Msgr. Seamus Fargo
Rose Gregorio Rose Gregorio ... Brenda Samuels
Dan Hedaya ... Howard Terkel
Gwen Van Dam ... Mrs. Fazenda
Thomas Hill 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.

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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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:

$10,200,000
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The movie is based on the real unsolved murder of Elizabeth Short, who was known as the Black Dahlia. This movie used facts from this case as story elements. The Black Dahlia murder case made media headlines in 1947. See more »

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The character listed in the credits as Sonny McDonough is called Sonny O'Meara by Tom Spellacy when he and Des are having lunch in the restaurant. See more »

Quotes

Howard Terke: How about it, Tom? Can you get your brother the monsignor to say a mass for this cunt? It'll make the front page.
Tom Spellacy: Howard, we don't even know yet whether or not she was a Catholic cunt.
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Version of The Black Dahlia (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

At Last
(uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Played in the background when Tom tells the prostitute to hand over the money
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Finest casting ever
15 March 2002 | by judge9090See all my reviews

True Confessions(1981) This is a story of corruption between two brothers, one a power wielding priest in the Catholic church and the other a sordid detective in 1940's Los Angeles.Based on the "Who Killed the Black Daliha" case, 'True Confessions' boasts perhaps the greatest supporting cast ever in a motion picture. Great period piece and incredible acting by Robert Duvall, Robert DeNiro, and Ed Flanders.


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