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True Confessions (2007)

Robert De Niro , Robert Duvall , Ulu Grosbard  |  R |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Robert De Niro, Robert Duvall, Charles Durning, Kenneth McMillan, Ed Flanders
  • Directors: Ulu Grosbard
  • Writers: Gary S. Hall, Joan Didion, John Gregory Dunne
  • Producers: Irwin Winkler, James D. Brubaker, Robert Chartoff
  • Format: Color, Widescreen, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: April 17, 2007
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000MTFFPY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #110,332 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "True Confessions" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

Detective Tom Spellacy (Duvall) and Catholic Monsignor Desmond Spellacy (De Niro) find their worlds colliding amidst a flurry of political finger-pointing and public outcries over a scandalous, headline-making murder. As Tom hunts down the elusive killer, his investigation threatens to expose secrets that could ruin his brotherÂ...and rock the foundation of his beloved church.

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62 of 63 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unrecognized classic February 11, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
I am in complete agreement with 'A viewer from Summit N.J.', unable to understand why this thoughtful, moving film failed to achieve the recognition is so clearly deserves. De Niro and Duvall are both at their distinguished best, their interaction as brothers one of the most persuasive and compelling I have ever seen on the screen. The evocation of the period - including the Catholic Church of the day - seems flawless, and the slowly unfolding drama of personal redemption gives the movie very unusual dramatic weight. An excellent film in every way.
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars critics are sometimes wrong December 16, 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
Simply stated, this is a great watch. The critics did not care for this effort. Some say it is too complex, too much thinking required to follow the plot. Not at all. It is a perfect blend of hero, anti-hero, humanity's darkside and finally, a redeeming closure. DeNiro and Duvall "made" this movie!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Two legends in top form. April 19, 2007
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Fans do not fret, this IS a widescreen and fullscreen DVD. I couldn't wait to pick up my copy of True Confessions this last tuesday. This film is as excellent as I remember it being back in '81 when I first saw it in a theatre. DeNiro and Duvall just don't make movies like these anymore, they both have fallen to the "Hollywood" format these day. This is a must see for fans who may have forgotten just how wonderful these two men were at the top of their game. This film is on the slower side with character and story development happening slowly, but the wonderful performances keep this film moving forward with interest. This film is a 10+!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant performances November 30, 1998
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
Ulu Grosbard superbly realizes John Gregory Dunne's outstanding novel of two brothers--an ambitious monsignor and a corrupt LAPD detective--involved in a mysterious murder in postwar LA. The action is a bit slow compared with the crackling pace (and chuckle-a-page humor) of the novel. But the casting and performances are supremely effective. Robert Duvall turns in his finest characterization as the cop, but the entire cast turns in outstanding performances, incuding Robert DeNiro as the monsignor, Rose Gregorio as a madam, Kenneth McMillan as Duvall's equally corrupt partner, Ed Flanders as a smarmy Irish lawyer, Burgess Meredith as a crusty old priest, Cyril Cusack as a cardinal, and the great Charles Durning as a gangster seeking to buy redemption through charity. The cinematography and staging are equally exemplary. A memorable film.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brings Back Memories July 8, 2007
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I love this movie, and have waited a long time for it to come out on DVD. However, I'm a bit biased as I worked on it. So, for me it's not just a good movie, it also brings back memories of working with some of my favorite actors and on a crew with several good friends. I don't know why it took so long for this movie to make it to DVD. It has an amazing cast... De Niro, Duval, Durning, just for starters. The story is intense and intriging, and the photography is beautiful, with great attention to period details. There's a lot to like about this movie.

A TRUE BEHIND THE SCENES STORY:
The murder victim at the center of the story is alternately played by an ex-playboy model and a full-sized wax casting of her. Supervising the makeup for actress as well as the wax dummy was the renoun makeup artist, Michael Westmore of Star Trek fame. Also, to ensure realism, a L.A. Deputy Coroner served as technical advisor.

However, dispite assurances from Michael and the technical advisor that the "body" looked very real, the director wasn't happy with the skin color. As he said, "it's not a matter of what a REAL body looks like, it's what the audience THINKS a real body looks like." So, Michael loaded the wax dummy in the back seat of his car to take it back his studio. Can you guess what happened next? Driving down the freeway, someone saw the wax dummy in the back of Michael's car and called the police. Subsequently, he was stopped by a roadblock and police with drawn guns. So, obviously the dummy looked real to someone.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The first "Black Dahlia" September 7, 2006
Format:VHS Tape
When I first saw this movie,I was haunted by the beautiful Irish music in the background. Two brothers,DeNiro the up and coming priest and Duvall his detective brother are caught up in a murder,reminiscent of the "Black Dahlia" murder of the late 40's. In a gripping tale of post-WW II Los Angeles,we follow the careers of both brothers as they become embroiled in corruption of church and power.It is fascinating and gritty.Charles Durning turns in a great role as well as Burgess Meredith.Especially creepy,is the discovery of the murder scene. It left me with a feeling of regret of how power ultimately corrupts yet salvation can be achieved with time and understanding.Loved the book, loved the movie.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars REALLY GREAT FILM May 21, 2005
Format:VHS Tape
I love this movie. Yes, it keeps you guessing in the end, but the artistic value of this film is very high. It is about the struggle of two brother who are fighting their own internal battles about God and right and wrong. In the end, they come together in a beutiful scene that brings the movies together. My other comment is: WHERE IS THE DVD? This is a marvelous movie that should be on a DVD.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime, evocative, but missing a scene or two? August 22, 2009
Format:DVD
Some of the reviewers here have stated the critics didn't care for this movie upon its' release in 1981, however it received two huge thumbs up from Siskel and Ebert at the time, one of them commented that Duvall and DeNiro were so convincing it would have been fascinating as well had they been in each other's roles. Confessing age, I saw this movie in the theater, and have seen it many times on tape and cable as well, and I have a recollection of some early scenes in the original theater version that have never appeared on tape versions, and hope someone may fill in the gaps. Specifically, at the scene of the crime Duvall and MacMillan interview two LAPD uniformed officers about the discovery of the body, and something about tire tracks near the scene, which ties in later to the discovery of Leland Stanford's death when he "totals the Ford." In addition, the video versions don't reveal how the victim is identified, which takes a considerable time in the book, which ties back to the ultimate scandal that befalls Monsignor Spellacy. When it emerges the victim had been a hitchhiker ("Christian Scientist - you mean the one who didn't know who Mary Baker Eddy was?"), with whom the Monsignor had shared a ride, and who later became entangled in Jack Amsterdam's world of Porn and Prostitution, the Monsignor is compromised irredeemably (seemingly), a tacit cooperator within a world of deceit, hypocrisy, and criminal behavior. His brother's world, in fact. There's an early scene of DeNiro sneaking a peak at the newspaper article, creeping anxiety subtly portrayed. Read more ›
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A nearly perfect work of cinematographic art...
*****

1981’s True Confessions is a nearly perfect work of cinematographic art: the actors are perfect; the screenplay is perfect; the cinematography is perfect; the... Read more
Published 29 days ago by Affirmative Dialectician
1.0 out of 5 stars What ? I. Spanish??
Movie was in Spanish! What a waste of time, waste of money. Rip off. Want my. Money back. Don't buy unless you speak Spanish
Published 1 month ago by Hotchachamama
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Movie
I seen this movie on television years ago and I really liked,then I thought I would order it and watch it,the movie is awesome!
Published 2 months ago by Loran Hedgecoke
1.0 out of 5 stars True Confessions
The DVD was scratched and would not play. Needs to be returned. I am totally dissatisfied with this purchase, obviously.
Published 5 months ago by Clyde
4.0 out of 5 stars The Black Dahlia theme
This has a very authentic appearance to it. Very upsetting if you are a Catholic as I am, But the movie is very well done and the godfather does a fantastic job as an ambitious... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Joyce65
4.0 out of 5 stars A Rare Terrifically Made Neo Noir.
Viewed: 2/14
Rate: 8

2/14: True Confessions is a fascinating look at corruption among the mélange of clergy and the gentry in mid-40's Los Angeles. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Austin Somlo
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
Deniro, Duvall, Burgess Meredith, Charles Durning and many others make this a wonderful film. Irish Catholics will really
enjoy this story set in post WW2 southern... Read more
Published 6 months ago by mitch
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't Bother
This is a terrible movie. I can't believe that a priest told me to watch it. It was one of his favorite movies. I would not recommend this movie for anyone.
Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievable Message Movie
True Confessions, 1981 film

A car from around 1956 drives along a highway and stops at a church. The driver asks for Fr. Spellacy. "I'm going to die. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Acute Observer
5.0 out of 5 stars True Confessions
It is a honest film that shows what sometimes structures put away and how the relationship between brothers is like a rock no matter the mistakes or whatever. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Ivonne Campos
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