True Confessions (1981)
Average Rating: 8.1/10
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Average Rating: 8.8/10
Critic Reviews: 5
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Average Rating: 3.3/5
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Adapted by John Gregory Dunne and Joan Didion from Dunne's novel, True Confessions uses the still-unsolved "Black Dahlia" murder as the foundation for a devastating attack on big-city corruption -- in which it appears that many of the perpetrators wear clerical collars. In, 1948 Los Angeles detective Tom Spellacy (Robert Duvall) is assigned to investigate the death of a priest, who apparently suffered a heart attack while being serviced by a prostitute. Meanwhile, Tom's brother, young Catholic
Jan 1, 1981 Wide
Oct 7, 2014
Robert De Niro
Dan T. Champion
Gwen Van Dam
Tom Clarke Hill
Jorge Cervera Jr.
Michael Callahan Jr.
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Two exciting, dangerous actors have little to do: Duvall spends too much time pacing and waiting; De Niro's big scene has him hanging up his vestments.
Given the powerhouse topline casting combo and provocative theme, True Confessions has to be chalked up as something of a disappointment.
Numerous vital characters are dropped and the case-solving stripped of its complexity, with the resulting film over-linear and one-dimensional.
True Confessions contains scenes that are just about as good as scenes can be. Then why does the movie leave us disoriented and disappointed, and why does the ending fail dismally?
Quite simply it's one of the most entertaining, most intelligent and most thoroughly satisfying commercial American films in a very long time.
A fascinating film that exposes the dark underside of the Catholic Church and fixes it firmly in the seedy, corrupt world of film noir.
Acting compensates for disappointing ending
An atmospheric, always-intriguing mystery that works equally well as a perceptive character study. One of the very best films of the 1980s.
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