True Confessions Reviews
The problem is that Dunne/Didions' script is so busy being "smart" and "intellectual" -- they forgot to add some wit, suspense or anything beyond endless chattering.
Duvall and De Niro are both solid, but their parts are are so restrained by dialog that neither can find a way out of the box.
It probably didn't help that Ulu Grosbard was given the task of the film's director. Grosbard was exceptional with character driven films. It must have seemed the logical choice. Sadly, despite all the "chatter" neither characters are truly formed. The brothers are more like talking ideas than fully-fleshed characters.
It is interesting that RT shows the critics' rating as 73%, but if one actually follows "the fresh" ratings to the reviews, most of these critics did not like the film. ?
Ulu Grosbards LA noir was one of those films and despite some small issues this really is a criminally neglected gem .
Robert De Niro plays a high ranking priest who enjoys all the trappings LA high society brings him and his ability to fix problems which arise from time to time.
Robert Duvall plays his cop brother who is a more earthy and hard-bitten soul who has a more cynical view of his surrounding's
When a call girl is found cut in half on a piece of waste ground a relatively simple murder case becomes more complex embroiling both brothers .
De Niro and Duvall are both in outstanding form here despite my thinking they should have played the other role they give the film a high gloss edge which keeps you guessing all the way to the end.
The film is in a similar vein to Chinatown in its attacks on corruption and hypocrisy in LA society and how in the end the bad dealings of some will overcome the valiant efforts of the many.
The film can feel a little slow in places but if your willing to stick with it this is a film which ranks alongside the best neo noir films of the period
Father Des Spellacy is an aspiring priest with a bright future within the church. Detective Tom Spellacy is the father's brother, he has a very checkered past, and he is brought in to help solve who is behind a murdered prostitute. Somehow, each of their worlds is tied to the crime. Can they solve the mystery without bringing each other down?
"Want to play carnival?"
"It's when I sit on your face and you guest my weight."
Ulu Grosbard, director of Falling in Love, The Deep End of the Ocean, Georgia, The Subject was Roses, and Straight Time, delivers True Confessions. The storyline for this picture is just okay and not overly well presented. The characters are interesting and the conclusion is pretty good but the script and overall plot could have been better. The acting is pretty good and the cast includes Robert DeNiro, Robert Duvall, Charles Durning, Cyril Cusack, and Kenneth McMillan.
"You show me a priest whose eyes twinkly all of the time and I'll show you a moron."
I DVR'd this picture off a resent Robert Duvall marathon on Turner Classic Movies (TCM). This was the first time this picture has aired on TCM. It should be the last. This is far from what I would call "a classic movie." This was the first movie Duvall and DeNiro were in together (technically, they were both in Godfather 2, but they didn't have a single scene together in that picture). Overall, I found this movie a bit bland and boring. I recommend skipping this picture.
"I need you like I need another fuck."