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

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Crime | Drama

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Release Date:

25 September 1981 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Confesiones verdaderas  »

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Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$10,200,000
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Trivia

During the title sequence, Director Ulu Grosbard surrounded Robert De Niro with three real priests. See more »

Goofs

When Tom Spellacy is in his office, talking on the phone, the handset switches from hand to hand between shots. 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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Connections

Referenced in Knock Knock 2 (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

I'm in the Mood for Love
(uncredited)
Music by Jimmy McHugh
Played at the wedding reception
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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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