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Last Rites (1988)

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In Last Rites a serious thriller on a sensational topic, a priest falls in love with a woman he is protecting. Father Michael (Tom Berenger), a priest with family ties to the mob, helps a woman on the run. Angela (Daphne Zuniga) is the mistress of a murdered Mafia Don, now being hunted by hitmen hired by the Don's infuriated wife. As Father Michael realizes he is falling in love, both his faith and his vows are severely tested. Directed with restraint and respect for the subject matter by Donald Bellisario, the film still caused controversy and was criticized because of love scenes between the priest and the woman. Despite this criticism and despite the fact that the film is somewhat slow and predictable, Last Rites has fine performances by its cast and is an entertaining thriller.
Rating:
R (adult situations/language, nudity, violence)
Genre:
Action & Adventure , Mystery & Suspense , Romance
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Studio:
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

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Cast

Tom Berenger
as Father Michael Pace
Daphne Zuniga
as Angela
Dane Clark
as Carlo Pace
Paul Dooley
as Father Freddie
Deborah Pratt
as Robin Dwyer
Tony DiBenedetto
as Lt. Jericho
Jack Hallett
as Officer Reardan
Frank Patton
as O'Bannon
Ernesto Gonzalez
as Mexican Desk Clerk
Mary Diveny
as Gossip Confessor
Tony Lip
as Cabbie
Damien Leake
as Detective Brown
Phil Neilson
as Drug Dealer
Frank Simpson
as Heart Attack Victim
Tony Montanaro
as Man at Cemetery
Lisa Berenger
as Baptismal Mother
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Critic Reviews for Last Rites

All Critics (2) | Top Critics (1)

An idiotic thriller that becomes increasingly preposterous as it goes.

July 28, 2005
Fantastica Daily

Audience Reviews for Last Rites

Berenger was at the top of his game and on such a career roll but he took a break from that with this unbelievable thriller.

bill secor
bill secor

Donald Bellisario has been busy cranking out dull TV product for decades (the sleep-inducing "NCIS" series, etc.) Here, he tosses out, thankfully!, his only movie project ever. Let's all kiss the ground for that at least, okay! This is hilariously awful! It is packed with tons of bad New York stereotypes. It inexplicably features an Irish dude (Berenger) badly trying to pass for Italian. And, worst of all? The impossibly stick-thin Daphne Zuniga is playing Mexican? Really?! Man, this is bad, BAD, B-A-D! And, the "twists" at the end will leave you shaking your head and desperately trying not to laugh. But, you will laugh, and you will laugh hysterically! (did I mention this movie wasn't good?)

John Miller
John Miller

Lame film with barely any imagination other than the fact that it is very laughable and cheap. Lets see, Tom Berenger plays a priest that has ties to the mob and meets a young girl on the run from a cheated woman. This woman fired two shots at her husband, one to castrate and the other to kill him while he was in "prime". They head down to Mexico, and guess what, the priest falling in love with this lady. Must not judge! I only caught the last quarter of the film and was not impressed. I will give this film another chance if it appears on TV.

Jose Montoya
Jose Montoya

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