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True Confessions Details


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. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


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


Ulu Grosbard
Robert Chartoff
Irwin Winkler
James D. Brubaker
Joan Didion
Owen Roizman
Georges Delerue
Composer (Music Score)
Lynzee Klingman
Stephen B. Grimes
Production Designer
Marvin March
Set Designer
Joe Tompkins
Costume Designer
Tom Mack
First Assistant Director