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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Father Des Spellacy (as Robert DeNiro)
... Det. Tom Spellacy
... Jack Amsterdam
... Frank Crotty
... Dan T. Campion
... Cardinal Danaher
... Msgr. Seamus Fargo
Rose Gregorio ... Brenda Samuels
... Howard Terkel
... Mrs. Fazenda
Thomas Hill ... Mr. Fazenda (as Tom Hill)
... Mrs. Spellacy
Jorge Cervera Jr. ... Eduardo Duarte
Susan Myers ... Bride
... 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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Crime | Drama

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25 September 1981 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Confesiones verdaderas  »

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$10,200,000
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Trivia

When he was filming the fight scene at the testimonial dinner, Director Ulu Grosbard never informed the extras that there would be a fight. When it occurred, their reactions were genuine. See more »

Goofs

When Tom is on the phone with the psychic, he repeats that she's from Guin, Alabama. He pronounces it "GOO-in," when the name of the town is actually pronounced "gween" or, less commonly, "gu-WEEN." See more »

Quotes

Jack Amsterdam: You knew that whore and you didn't tell anyone. You're a priest, a priest. How's that going to look in the papers.
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Connections

Version of Who Is the Black Dahlia? (1975) See more »

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At Last
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Music by Harry Warren
Played in the background when Tom tells the prostitute to hand over the money
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Extraordinary acting
15 January 2001 | by See all my reviews

I recently pulled out my old copy of True Confessions and watched it again. The thing that struck me the most was the incredible display of extraordinary acting by so many of the actors. DeNiro and Duvall are simply mesmerizing. The supporting cast - Burgess Meredith, Cyril Cusack and Rose Gregorio - are as good as any supporting cast in any movie. The film has mood and texture, and evokes the Los Angeles of the late 1940's in brilliant detail.

John Gregory Dunne has used the real life Black Dahlia murder of 1947 to weave a complex story of corruption in the Catholic Church and the LAPD. A very underrated film.


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