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Adapted by John Gregory Dunne and Joan Didion from [[Performer~P177355~Dunne~johngregorydunne]]'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 ([[Performer~P88530~Robert Duvall~robertduvall]]) 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 ([[Performer~P20780~Charles Durning~charlesdurning]]), 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

Cast

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
Eddie Hice
as Stuntman
Matthew Faison
as Reporter
Sig Frohlich
as Waiter
Darwyn Carson
as Lorna Keane
Mary Munday
as Nun
Shelly Batt
as Girl
Colin Hamilton
as Headwaiter
Luisa Leschin
as Towel Girl
Sharron Miller
as Movie Star
Louise Fitch
as Older nun
Robert Arthur
as Newscaster
Ron Ryan
as Detective
Ron Stein
as Stuntman
Louis Basile
as Detective
Amanda Cleveland
as Lois Farenda
Kevin Breslin
as Boy
Richard Foronjy
as Ambulance driver
Frederic Cook
as Brenda's trick
James Hong
as Coroner Wong
Pierrino Mascarino
as Suspect
Steve Powers
as Photographer

Crew

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