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El crimen del Padre Amaro (2002)

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Politics and sexual passions threaten to corrupt a young, newly-ordained priest in a small Mexican town.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Padre Amaro
... Amelia
... Padre Benito Díaz
... Augustina Sanjuanera
Luisa Huertas ... Dionisia
... Obispo
Gastón Melo ... Martín
... Rubén de la Rosa
... Padre Natalio Pérez
Gerardo Moscoso ... Doc
Alfredo Gonzáles ... Viejo / Old Man
... Amparito
... Presidente Municipal Gordo (as Pedro Armendáriz)
... Don Paco de la Rosa
... Padre Galván
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Storyline

Recently ordained a priest, 24-year-old Father Amaro is sent to a small parish church in Los Reyes, Mexico to assist the aging Father Benito in his daily work. Benito--for years a fixture in the church as well as the community--welcomes Father Amaro into a new life of unseen challenges. Upon arriving in Los Reyes, the ambitious Father Amaro meets Amelia, a beautiful 16-year-old girl whose religious devotion soon becomes helplessly entangles in a growing attraction to the new priest. Amelia is quickly following into the footsteps of her mother, Sanjuanera, who has been engaged in a long-time affair with Father Benito. Amaro soon discovers that corruption and the Church are old acquaintances in Los Reyes. Father Benito has been receiving financial help from the region's drug lord for the construction of a new health clinic. As well, another priest in the diocese, Father Natalio, is suspected of assisting guerilla troops in the highlands. Maenwhile, Amelia and Father Amaro have fallen in... Written by Sujit R. Varma

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no nos dejes caer en la tentacion... See more »

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Drama | Romance

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Rated R for sexuality, language and some disturbing images | See all certifications »

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13 December 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Crime of Padre Amaro  »

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Budget:

$1,800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

€429,915 (Spain), 10 November 2002, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$496,290, 17 November 2002, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$5,709,616, 6 April 2003
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This movie is based on the 1875 novel of the same name by 'Eça De Queiroz'. See more »

Goofs

Amaro gets beaten up by Ruben and receives some bruises in his face. A little later, when he meets Amelia in the church, the bruises are gone. See more »

Quotes

Padre Benito: That I told you? Really?
Augustina Sanjuanera: That you told me.
Padre Benito: I hope God agrees with it.
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"In memoriam Paco Rabal" See more »

Connections

Version of O Crime do Padre Amaro (2005) See more »

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Bailando y Gozando
Written and Performed by José Guadalupe Esparza
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4 December 2005 | by See all my reviews

I enjoyed this movie, not because it was gripping or exciting, but because of what it had to say.

I'm not completely aware of everything to do with the Catholic Church, but the controversy in this movie is a necessary one.

I've never seen a Gael Garcia movie before and I thought this was good. The most powerful part of the movie is what it leaves you with - the message at the end; the themes of confession, of sin, of mistakes, of being human.

If you can't watch something that is quite slow and is not edge of the seat stuff, then forget it. Even the music isn't very memorable. But the movie stuck in my mind.


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