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The Penitent (1988)

PG-13 | | Drama | 27 May 1988 (USA)
Tension between a jealous husband, his wife who's attracted to his friend and the friend is rising as their small, deeply catholic, Mexican village is deciding who will be Christ during the possibly dangerous reenactment of the Crucifixion.

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Cliff Osmond

Writer:

Cliff Osmond
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Raul Julia ... Ramon Guerola
Armand Assante ... Juan Mateo
Rona De Ricci ... Celia Guerola (as Rona Freed)
Julie Carmen ... Corina
Lucy Reina Lucy Reina ... Margarita
Eduardo López Rojas Eduardo López Rojas ... Mayor
José González Rodríguez José González Rodríguez ... Rezador
Paco Mauri Paco Mauri ... Pitero (as Francisco Mauri)
Justo Martínez Justo Martínez ... Enfermero
Enrique Novi Enrique Novi ... Jose
Valentina Hernandez Valentina Hernandez ... Dolo
Martin LaSalle ... Miguel
José Antonio Estrada José Antonio Estrada ... Tomas
Juana Molinero Juana Molinero ... Ramon's Mother
José Chávez José Chávez ... Old Man
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Tension between a jealous husband, his wife who's attracted to his friend and the friend is rising as their small, deeply catholic, Mexican village is deciding who will be Christ during the possibly dangerous reenactment of the Crucifixion.

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Drama

Certificate:

PG-13
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Country:

Mexico | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 May 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A vezeklés See more »

Filming Locations:

Pozos, Guanajuato, Mexico

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Mono

Color:

Color
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Directorial debut for actor Cliff Osmond. See more »

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Penitent
11 January 2006 | by visionseasSee all my reviews

I enjoyed this movie years ago, but it's so obscure that few know of it.

I witnessed this activity depicted in this movie first hand while in Taxco , Mexico.....very dramatic! The local people here wear hoods over their heads and carry heavy splintered logs across their bare backs. While walking through the streets like this, other townspeople throw stones at them, some dressing like Romans during the time of Jesus. The ones doing penitents volunteer for this, as they feel that doing so will increase their chances of being accepted and forgiven by God after they die. I have always like Raul and Armand Assante. I thought these 2 actors played off of each other well. I also enjoyed the setting of the movie being in Mexico, as it is beautiful to film in.


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