1 Jan 1981
Behind the Scene and other Major Plot Points
This was the first movie that Robert De Niro did after Raging Bull. The movie is based on the real unsolved murder of Elizabeth Short who was known as the Black Dahlia. film used facts from this case as story elements. The Black Dahlia murder case made media headlines in 1947, this film was made and released about thirty-four years after this.
The The film boasts the star teaming of two ROBERT’s – Robert De Niro and Robert Duvall. Duvall and de Niro had both previously appeared in The Godfather: Part II (1974) but they never appeared together in the same scene but finally in this movie they did.
Training for the role
Both actors went through rigorous preparations for their roles. Duvall accompanied Los Angeles homicide detectives during several night shifts, sat on stakeout with them, witnessed a lie-detector test and even visited a real murder scene. De Niro had just put on 60 pounds for the final scenes in Raging Bull. He delayed taking all of it off because he felt carrying a few extra pounds fit the Monsignor’s character. He also underwent four hours a day in the make-up chair in preparation for his scenes as the dying Monsignor Spellacy in the film’s prologue and epilogue.
This film was made and released about four years after the source novel of the same name by John Gregory Dunne was first published in 1977. Dunne also collaborated on the screenplay.
True Confessions is really a great movie, with all star giving their best performances. One of the finest LA Noir Crime drama ever.
RT/Meta Critic Review
Quite simply it’s one of the most entertaining, most intelligent and most thoroughly satisfying commercial American films in a very long time (http://movies.nytimes.com/movie/review?res=9A05E2DA113BF936A1575AC0A967948260&partner=Rotten%20Tomatoes)
Robert Duvall puts in a top-drawer performance in this crime drama mixing sleuthing and sacraments, crime and confession – one of the best films of 1981 (http://www.spiritualityandpractice.com/films/films.php?id=3860)
The AVC-encoded 1080p 1.85:1 transfer is well done. Apart from some dirt and scratches here and there, and a few select shots where age has caused the color to fluctuate slightly, the images are clean and stable. The structure of the film grain is intact. The clarity and color reproduction is excellent.
The DTS-HD MA 2.0 audio is not flashy, but it boasts great fidelity with no apparent damage to the soundtrack. Georges Delerue’s sparsely utilized score provides a nice sonic counterpoint to the drama. Optional English subtitles are included.
Just the oddly fast-paced theatrical trailer that crams in pretty much every dramatic high point from the film.
True Confessions is a unique film, and certainly one that deserves greater recognition. Hopefully this new Blu-ray (bare-bones as it is) will make the film’s audience a little larger.