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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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Ulu Grosbard

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John Gregory Dunne (novel), John Gregory Dunne (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert De Niro ... Father Des Spellacy (as Robert DeNiro)
Robert Duvall ... Det. Tom Spellacy
Charles Durning ... Jack Amsterdam
Kenneth McMillan ... Frank Crotty
Ed Flanders ... Dan T. Campion
Cyril Cusack ... Cardinal Danaher
Burgess Meredith ... Msgr. Seamus Fargo
Rose Gregorio Rose Gregorio ... Brenda Samuels
Dan Hedaya ... Howard Terkel
Gwen Van Dam ... Mrs. Fazenda
Thomas Hill Thomas Hill ... Mr. Fazenda (as Tom Hill)
Jeanette Nolan ... Mrs. Spellacy
Jorge Cervera Jr. Jorge Cervera Jr. ... Eduardo Duarte
Susan Myers Susan Myers ... Bride
Louisa Moritz ... 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 September 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Confesiones verdaderas See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$10,200,000
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film's marketing boasted the star-teaming of the two ROBERTs - Robert De Niro and Robert Duvall. The film's marketing also emphasized alliteration of their last names: "DE NIRO. DUVALL. True Confessions." De Niro and Duvall had been rivals for the Best Actor Oscar at the 1981 Academy Awards just six months before the film launched stateside. Duvall had been up for The Great Santini (1979), but De Niro won for Raging Bull (1980). Neither were Best Actor Oscar nominated for this movie, as expected by industry insiders, but the two were jointly awarded the Best Actor Golden Phoenix Award for their performances in this film. Duvall and De Niro had appeared in The Godfather: Part II (1974), but they never appeared together in the same scene, but finally did in this movie. See more »

Goofs

The Catholic Rosary ends with the prayer Hail! Holy Queen then the Sign of The Cross. Desmomd did neither of these over the radio. See more »

Quotes

Dan T. Campion: [to Des] Looks like a leprauchan - thinks like an arab.
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References Casablanca (1942) See more »

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Memories of You
Music by Eubie Blake (uncredited)
Lyrics by Andy Razaf (uncredited)
Performed by Benny Goodman
Courtesy of Capitol Records
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At the Top of Their Game
21 June 2001 | by ken2000See all my reviews

True Confessions is a film wherein all of the players are at the top of their game. Altho starring Robert Duval and Robert DeNiro, the depth of field among the character actors is extraordinary, and this is why a movie that's seems to have so little going on is really so overwhelmingly powerful. Both Duval and DeNiro seem to communicate without speaking; almost as tho their thoughts are being sub-titled on the screen. Whenever they do begin talking with each other, the weight of their shared past has the force of a sledge hammer. I have a vhs copy of True Confessions, have watched it plenty of times and still find fresh nuances whenever I look at it. You have to see this movie.


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