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The Rosary Murders (1987)

A priest is put in a dilemma when the serial killer who has been murdering priests and nuns confesses to him.

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Fred Walton
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Donald Sutherland ... Father Robert Koesler
Charles Durning ... Father Ted Nabors
Belinda Bauer ... Pat Lennon
Josef Sommer ... Lieutenant Koznicki
James Murtaugh ... Robert Javison
Leila Danette Leila Danette ... Mrs. Washington
Addison Powell ... Father Edward Killeen
Kathleen Tolan Kathleen Tolan ... Sister Ann Vania
Tom Mardirosian ... Detective Fallon
Anita Barone ... Irene Jimenez
John Danelle John Danelle ... Detective Harris
Anna Minot Anna Minot ... Sister Mary Martyrs
Lupe Ontiveros ... Sophie
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Roger Angelini Roger Angelini ... Brainard
B. Constance Barry B. Constance Barry ... Sister Grace
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Storyline

Life in the Catholic Church of the Holy Redeemer in Detroit is upset by a series of killings whose victims are all priests and nuns. All victims are found with a black rosary in their hands. Father Koesler begins collaborating with the police but soon finds himself in a spot when the killer decides to choose him as confessor. Written by Salvatore Santangelo <pappagone2@libero.it>

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God works in mysterious ways. Man works in the deadliest.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 April 1988 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Confession criminelle See more »

Filming Locations:

Dearborn, Michigan, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,730,337
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Donald Sutherland and Jack White would later appear in Cold Mountain (2003). See more »

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A priest is called to the confessional from his quarters in the church. He walks across the altar to reach the confessional without genuflecting in front of the altar. See more »

Connections

References Psycho (1960) See more »

Soundtracks

IN YOUR EYES
Recorded & Sung by Nancy Wood
Composed by Bobby Laurel
Lyrics by Bobby Laurel & Dennis Leahy
Based on an adaptation of the Third Symphony written by Johannes Brahms
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better than expected
30 December 2010 | by Michael NeumannSee all my reviews

Donald Sutherland is a Detroit priest who hears the confession of a serial killer with a grudge against the clergy, and is later forced by the ethics of his vocation to (reluctantly) hunt down the murderer himself, unearthing a spine-chilling string of motivation behind each new death. It could have been just another routine shocker, but a clever script and some unusually taciturn direction turns the otherwise familiar material into a modest but intriguing whodunit (actually more a 'whydunit') set against the rituals and mysteries of the Catholic Church, always a reliable source of guilt and intrigue. The steady accumulation of clues and evidence is interrupted only by an unsurprising (and unnecessary) romantic subplot, which happily compromises neither the mystery itself nor Sutherland's oath of celibacy.


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