True Confessions details
|Starring:||Ed Flanders, Kenneth McMillan, Burgess Meredith, Robert Duvall, Cyril Cusack, Charles Durning, Robert De Niro|
|Run time:||1 hour 44 minutes|
|Rental release:||21 Jul 2003|
|Dubbed:||German, French, Spanish, Italian|
|Subtitles:||Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Norwegian, Spanish, Swedish|
|Hearing impaired subtitles:||English, German|
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Under rated, well directed effortBy a customer from Scotland , 05 Mar 2005
[Highly rated reviewer]This film has outstanding performances from both Robert Duvall and Robert DeNiro and I'm surprised it hasn't been widely praised. True Confessions captures, the true feel of post-war California.We're put right in the time and place through clever and sensitive direction. Two brothers, one a pious priest with a head for high finance, the other a hard bitten detective, must cope with the problems of their separate lifestyles. A brutal crime - the murder and dismemberment of a young woman - is about to bring their two worlds together. A well thought out, balanced tale of money, power, politics and principles.
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Just see this oneBy dionysius (9 reviews) , 31 Jan 2013There seems to be a general agreement about this film - it is massively under-rated. Superb acting, immaculate direction, technically perfect photography and a special note on Michael (the famous film family) Westmore's makeup. The murder, suspects and essentials of the crime, based on the 'Blue Dahlia' LA murder of that period do come a close second to this level of acting. A special acknowledgement to the fine acting of the late Charles Durning (Jan 2013)
Quiet strengthBy a customer , 30 Apr 2011
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS Show review anywayHideThe performances in this film are superb. It is rare to feel the same human connection with actors in films as with characters in a novel, but this comes close to emulating that intimacy.
The pace of the film is slow, as it must be for the subtle plot and character development. The cinematography is entirely naturalistic and doesn't distract you from giving time to the many delicate ethical and philosophical questions it raises. The soundtrack is simple, leaving the spotlight exactly where it belongs in a film like this, on the issues.
I wonder if the film would have lost anything if some of the results of Tom's threatened disclosures had been explored before the final scene? Perhaps I'm missing the point, perhaps we shouldn't have the resolution afforded by condign justice being meted out in a film that compellingly argues that justice is a difficult thing to define, but for the benefit of less astute reviewers like me, I wonder if it might have helped a little. Perhaps it skips to the real resolution - the reconciliation of the two brothers - because this is what matters more.
This is a film of, and about, quiet strength, and I would certainly recommend it to anyone inclined to reflect on human frailty and our responses to it.
boring piece of s----t film i have rentedBy a customer from London , 23 Apr 2009where do i start with this trash i thought it stars de niro it must be good how wrong was i i struggled a weak plot unexciting story line i tried to make cops were doing the prosies the film was a total bore this was not one of de niros finest i struggled to follow a total waste of precious viewing time dont bother you will lamente your wasted time
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Massively underratedBy a customer from London , 24 Oct 2008I completely agree with the other (at the moment only two) reviewers here - this must be one of the most unjustly neglected and unpopular movies of all time.
There are a few possibilties as to why this is the case; I love the film but even I have a hard time accepting DeNiro, great actor though he is, as Irish-American - his entire persona is so steeped in his Italian-American roots.
More likely though it's the fact that it's a film which completely confounds the viewers expectations. The political crime thriller plot is, it becomes increasingly apparent, merely a clever vehicle for the true content of the piece; in fact a slow, sorrowful meditation on the great mystery of death.
Because of this the ending is a huge anti-climax; but intentionally so. In stead of edge-of-the-seat excitement, we're left with a quiet atmosphere of sadness, waste, and loss. In this way it's a deeply un-Hollywood, Hollywood movie - is that interesting or just annoying? The fact that the film kind of pulls the rug from under itself in this way will fascinate those who enjoy having their expectations confounded, and either infuriate or just bore stiff those who don't.
But even those who find this film dull won't fail to appreciate the simply awesome cast on display. Acting fans shouldn't miss the pairing of DeNiro and Duvall - really terrific here, both together and apart - and in the supporting cast you've got Charles Durning, Kenneth McMillan, Burgess Meredith, Ed Flanders, and Cyril Cusack; all giving superb performances. Amazing!
True ConfessionsBy PPJ (3 reviews) from London , 23 May 2008I agree heartily with the view that this is a much unheralded film which deserves wider viewing. It often turns up on late-night tv but the electricity generated by de Niro, Duvall and, spectacularly, Cusack is almost tangible.
I take the view that de Niro's most interesting parts are those where he does not take the NY/las Vegas/street/gangster/hard man/drug dealer role but goes for things a it out of his comfort space.
This is a controversial opinion and includes The Mission, Last Tycoon,True Confessions and 'of course' Extras.
But do not ever be tempted by any of the 'comedies' .They are unspeakable.