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The Rosary Murders ()


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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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Father Robert Koesler
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Father Ted Nabors
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Pat Lennon
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Lieutenant Koznicki
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Robert Javison
Leila Danette ...
Mrs. Washington
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Father Edward Killeen
Kathleen Tolan ...
Sister Ann Vania
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Detective Fallon
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Irene Jimenez
John Danelle ...
Detective Harris
Anna Minot ...
Sister Mary Martyrs
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Sophie
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Roger Angelini ...
Brainard
B. Constance Barry ...
Sister Grace
Doris Biscoe ...
Woman Newscaster
Sandy Broad ...
Librarian
Keith Brooks ...
Altar Boy
Bethany Carpenter ...
Nancy Baldwin
Joseph Conrad ...
Schommer
Richard Cottrell ...
Officer Mills
Bruce Economou ...
Priest at Party
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Father Skiarski
Lilian Ferguson ...
Funeral Woman
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Trupiano
Harold Hansen ...
Father Lord
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Sister Magdala
Robert Heller ...
Kane
Jihmi Kennedy ...
Officer Knight
Don Lessnau ...
Passing Cop
María López ...
Mrs. Jimenez
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Father Max
Robert C. Maxwell ...
Father Marek
Sheldon Miller ...
Coney Island Customer
Joel Nash ...
Listening Priest
Ed Oldani ...
Patrolman Wozniak
Burt Pearson ...
Father Lasko
Sam Pollack ...
Father Dailey
David Regal ...
Father O'Day
Ed Ruffalo ...
Sergeant Ross
Edward Seamon ...
Father Harold Steele
Janet M. Smith ...
Cathy Javison
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Father McNiff
Josephine Vassalo ...
Mrs. Gates
Jo Mullin White ...
Prioress
Dennis Wrosch ...
Sister Vania's Beau
Jeffrey R. Dolan ...
Driver (uncredited)
Georgine Hall ...
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Guest at Party (uncredited)
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Altar Boy (uncredited)

Directed by

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Fred Walton

Written by

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William X. Kienzle ... (novel)
 
Elmore Leonard ... () and
Fred Walton ... ()

Produced by

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Chris Coles ... associate producer
Robert G. Laurel ... executive producer / producer
Michael R. Mihalich ... executive producer

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Bobby Laurel
Don Sebesky

Cinematography by

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David Golia

Film Editing by

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Sam Vitale

Editorial Department

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Fax Bahr ... assistant editor
Bruce Pearson ... color timer

Casting By

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Pennie DuPont

Set Decoration by

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Diane Campbell

Costume Design by

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Judith Dolan

Makeup Department

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Annie D'Angelo ... makeup artist
Chantal Gouy ... hair stylist
Carolyn Tolley ... assistant makeup artist

Production Management

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Chris Coles ... unit production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Scott Kohlrust ... second assistant director
Steve McRoberts ... first assistant director

Art Department

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W. Stewart Campbell ... visual consultant
Reed Downy ... carpenter
Peter M. Gurski ... assistant art director
Michele Poulik ... assistant set decorator
Sonny Van Hecke ... best boy props
Robert J. Visciglia Sr. ... property master (as Bob Visiglia)
Tom Hitchcock ... props (uncredited)
Bob Kayganich ... propmaker (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Jim Bullock ... sound editor (as Jimmie Bullock)
Robert Glass ... re-recording mixer (as Bob Glass)
Fred Judkins ... sound editor
Jimmy Ling ... sound editor
Steve Maslow ... re-recording mixer
Robert Nichols II ... sound recordist
Richard Overton ... re-recording mixer
Michael P. Redbourn ... supervising sound editor
Douglas Vaughan ... boom operator
Don S. Walden ... sound editor
James E. Webb ... production sound mixer
Burton Weinstein ... sound editor
Vanessa Theme Ament ... foley artist (uncredited)
Joseph Holsen ... sound editor (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Rick Josephsen ... special effects coordinator

Stunts

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Clarke Coleman ... stunts (as Clarke C. Coleman)
Doug Coleman ... stunts
Gary Combs ... stunt coordinator / stunts
Gilbert B. Combs ... stunts

Camera and Electrical Department

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John Anderson ... first assistant camera
Huston Beaumont ... electrician
Art Brown ... assistant camera
Skelly Cummings ... grip
Mike Ditz ... still photographer (as Michael Ditz)
Jeffrey Dougherty ... second assistant camera
Brad Edmiston ... first assistant camera
Robert K. Feldmann ... key grip
Julio Macat ... camera operator
Bruce McCleery ... best boy electric
Larry McConkey ... steadicam operator
Chris Morley ... chief lighting technician
Les Percy ... best boy grip
Charles Smith ... grip
Jim Thorpe ... electrician

Casting Department

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Sue Echols ... extras casting
Amy Grgich ... casting assistant: Los Angeles
Karen Ludwig ... casting: New York
Carroll Thomas ... casting: Detroit

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Deborah K. Larsen ... wardrobe supervisor

Location Management

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John Cameron ... location manager

Music Department

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Ken Johnson ... music editor
Steve Livingston ... music editor
Don Sebesky ... conductor
Mike Sheady ... music mixer (as Michael Sheady)

Script and Continuity Department

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Harriotte H. Aaron ... script supervisor

Transportation Department

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Tony Pozzuoli ... transportation coordinator

Additional Crew

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Marlana Geha ... production coordinator
Carin I. Gronhagen ... production auditor
James Montgomery ... police coordinator (as Lt. James Montgomery)
Paul Ninelist ... security coordinator
Vicki L. Engel ... production assistant (uncredited)
Burke Mattsson ... title designer (uncredited)
Scott Rouse ... production assistant (uncredited)

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines God works in mysterious ways. Man works in the deadliest. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Confession criminelle (France)
  • Los crímenes del rosario (Spain)
  • Der Mörder mit dem Rosenkranz (West Germany)
  • Rosenkrans-mordene (Denmark)
  • Rukousnauhamurhaaja (Finland)
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  • 105 min
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Did You Know?

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Trivia Future musician Jack White appears as an altar boy, marking this as his film debut. See more »
Goofs Not only are Catholic priests bound by the seal of confession not to reveal who or what people confess, but the seal also forbids them to USE any information heard in the confessional. Thus, in real life Fr. Koesler would have been unable to even investigate the murders on his own. See more »
Movie Connections Referenced in Jersey Girl (2004). See more »
Soundtracks IN YOUR EYES See more »
Quotes Father Edward Killeen: Break the seal of confession, and you destroy the Church.
Father Robert Koesler: People are going to die.
Father Edward Killeen: You're saving souls Bob, not lives.
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