True Confessions Movie Review Summary

Actors: Robert De Niro, Robert Duvall, Charles Durning, Kenneth McMillan

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When a young prostitute is found savagely murdered, tireless homicide detective Tom Spellacy and his partner Frank Crotty are tasked with finding the culprit.
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Their initial investigations lead them to Brenda Samuels, a local madam with whom Tom had worked some years previous. She tells them of a stag film the dead girl (Lois Fazenda) appeared in and after viewing the tape they successfully track down one of the other participating girls, who in turns leads them to a local film director named Standard.

It turns out that Standard died in a car crash shortly after the murder, but while that news is a setback to their investigation, the detectives soon discover various links between Brenda's prostitution ring, the dead girl and the Catholic Church. Tom's younger brother Desmond is a monsignor in the church and with his help, the investigation soon leads to Jack Amsterdam, a local construction mogul with ties to Des and the aging Cardinal.

Tom is convinced that Jack is the man they are looking for, but with both the safety of a key witness and his brother's career on the line, he is forced to make a decision about whether or not to pursue Jack for the murder.
Best part of story, including ending: It is a well told murder mystery given added depth by the conflicted relationship between the two brothers

Best scene in story: The final scene, when the brothers meet again some years after the events of the movie is emotionally moving

Opinion about the main character: His tireless stubborn nature is both a blessing and a curse. He is a straightforward, hard-working detective who puts his work above all else.

The review of this Movie prepared by Nick Dorrington a Level 1 Blue Jay scholar

Script Analysis of True Confessions

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Actual chase scenes or violence 40%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 30%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30% How difficult to spot villain?    -   Moderately Challenging Time/Era of Movie:    -   1930's-1950's Murder Mystery?    -   Yes What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   60% Murders of set profession?    -   prostitutes/strippers/porn Kind of mystery?    -   police procedural

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   police/lawman Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   California City?    -   Yes City:    -   Los Angeles Misc setting    -   church/synagogue

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   gory visuals of deaths Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   kissing    -   actual description of sex    -   seeing breasts    -   seeing nude male butt Unusual forms of death    -   perforation--swords/knives Any profanity?    -   Some foul language Is this movie based on a    -   book

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