Neil Drumming
April 13, 2007 AT 04:00 AM EDT

True Confessions

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
108 minutes
Wide Release Date
09/25/81
performer
Robert De Niro, Robert Duvall
director
Ulu Grosbard
distributor
MGM
genre
Mystery and Thriller

We gave it a C

Irish-Catholic brothers Tom and Desmond Spellacy chose ostensibly noble professions — Tom (Robert Duvall) is a cop, Desmond (Robert De Niro) a priest — but neither is a stranger to corruption. Tom betrayed his badge years ago working as a bagman for a local pimp (Charles Durning); now he sees Desmond aiding the crook’s dealings with the Church. While True Confessions boasts big themes (redemption, reconciliation) and big names, the plot and performances are painfully subtle. It proffers too many details and not enough payoff.
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