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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.

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Ulu Grosbard

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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 »

Goofs

When the detectives are taking the crime scene photographs, the photographer is using a "Super Speed Graphic". This model of the classic Speed Graphic was not produced until 1956. This part of the story takes place in ca. 1947. See more »

Quotes

Dan T. Campion: Don't forget, you were with us when we met that girl.
Des Spellacy: Yes, we *met* her. You *fucked* her.
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Referenced in Knock Knock 2 (2011) See more »

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Music by Lionel Newman
Played at the wedding reception
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At the Top of Their Game
21 June 2001 | by ken2000See all my reviews

True Confessions is a film wherein all of the players are at the top of their game. Altho starring Robert Duval and Robert DeNiro, the depth of field among the character actors is extraordinary, and this is why a movie that's seems to have so little going on is really so overwhelmingly powerful. Both Duval and DeNiro seem to communicate without speaking; almost as tho their thoughts are being sub-titled on the screen. Whenever they do begin talking with each other, the weight of their shared past has the force of a sledge hammer. I have a vhs copy of True Confessions, have watched it plenty of times and still find fresh nuances whenever I look at it. You have to see this movie.


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