True Confessions

True Confessions

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Director: Ulu Grosbard

Cast: Robert De Niro, Robert Duvall, Charles Durning

     
 

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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 theSee more details below

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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 monsignor Des Spellacy (Robert De Niro), is reluctantly currying favor with crooked contractor Jack Amsterdam (Charles Durning), the better to finance an expansion of Des' church. The unifying factor between Tom and Des, beyond their sibling relationship, turns out to be the grisly murder of a hooker. The key words in the labyrinthine proceedings are power, ambition, and hypocrisy.

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With a plot and a look out of the 1940s, True Confessions was something of an anachronism when it was released in 1981. The film noir-influenced effort starring Robert DeNiro and Robert Duvall was based on a true Los Angeles murder case of the 1940s, novelized by John Gregory Dunne. The screenplay was written by Dunne and his wife, Joan Didion. DeNiro and Duvall play two brothers, one a policeman investigating a murder case and the other a priest who becomes implicated. The DeNiro-Duvall pairing made for decent box office and compelling acting, partly redeeming the story's predictability. But movie plots based on secrets of the confessional had long since passed their heyday, and True Confessions didn't succeed as much as might have been hoped. The director was little-known Ulu Grosbard, who had debuted three years previously with Straight Time.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/17/2007
UPC:
0027616073297
Original Release:
1981
Rating:
R
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:48:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robert De Niro Des Spellacy
Robert Duvall Tom Spellacy
Charles Durning Jack Amsterdam
Ed Flanders Dan T. Champion
Cyril Cusack Cardinal Dansher
Burgess Meredith Seamus Fargo
Rose Gregorio Brenda Samuels
Kenneth McMillan Frank Crotty
Dan Hedaya Howard Terkel
Gwen van Dam Mrs. Fazenda
Tom Hill Mr. Fazenda
Jeanette Nolan Mrs. Spellacy
Jorge Cervera Eduardo Duarte
Susan Myers Bride
Louisa Moritz Whore
Pat Corley Sonny McDonough
Michael Callahan SubDeacon
Sharron Miller Movie Star
Matthew Faison Reporter
Richard Foronjy Ambulance driver
James Hong Coroner Wong
Ron Ryan Detective
Louis Basile Detective
Louise Fitch Older nun
Frederic Cook Brenda's trick
Shelly Batt Girl
Mary Munday Nun
Colin Hamilton Headwaiter
Amanda Cleveland Lois Farenda
Pierrino Mascarino Suspect
Luisa Leschin Towel Girl
Robert Arthur Newscaster
Sig Frohlich Waiter
Paul Valentine Detective
Steve Powers Photographer
Ron Stein Stuntman
Eddie Hice Stuntman
Kevin Breslin Boy
Darwyn Carson Lorna Keane
Joe Medalis Dep. Coroner
Jeff Howard Priest

Technical Credits
Ulu Grosbard Director
James D. Brubaker Producer
W. Stewart Campbell Art Director
Robert Chartoff Producer
Georges Delerue Score Composer
Joan Didion Screenwriter
John Gregory Dunne Original Story,Screenwriter
Stephen B. Grimes Production Designer
Howard Jensen Special Effects
Lynzee Klingman Editor
Tom Mack Asst. Director
Marvin March Set Decoration/Design
Owen Roizman Cinematographer
Joe Tompkins Costumes/Costume Designer
Irwin Winkler Producer

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Scene Index

Disc #1, Side A -- True Confessions: Fullscreen
1. "I'm Going to Die" [4:23]
2. Main Titles/The Wedding [3:30]
3. A Dead John [3:20]
4. Jack [7:27]
5. Bad News [3:48]
6. Homicide [2:50]
7. Vaya Con Dios [2:31]
8. Autopsy [3:13]
9. Dismissal [2:22]
10. Lunch [6:12]
11. Apology [5:52]
12. Porn Producer [6:24]
13. The Sin of Pride [2:01]
14. Unloading Jack [5:22]
15. Visiting Mom [4:23]
16. For the Good of the Church [4:04]
17. New Clues [6:25]
18. Layman of the Year [4:39]
19. We All Knew Her [5:54]
20. Solving the Murder [6:43]
21. Personal Vendetta [2:50]
22. True Confessions [6:07]
23. My Salvation [4:48]
24. End Titles [2:41]
Disc #1, Side B -- True Confessions: Widescreen
1. "I'm Going to Die" [4:23]
2. Main Titles/The Wedding [3:30]
3. A Dead John [3:20]
4. Jack [7:27]
5. Bad News [3:48]
6. Homicide [2:50]
7. Vaya Con Dios [2:31]
8. Autopsy [3:13]
9. Dismissal [2:22]
10. Lunch [6:12]
11. Apology [5:52]
12. Porn Producer [6:24]
13. The Sin of Pride [2:01]
14. Unloading Jack [5:22]
15. Visiting Mom [4:23]
16. For the Good of the Church [4:04]
17. New Clues [6:25]
18. Layman of the Year [4:39]
19. We All Knew Her [5:54]
20. Solving the Murder [6:43]
21. Personal Vendetta [2:50]
22. True Confessions [6:07]
23. My Salvation [4:48]
24. End Titles [2:42]

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