TRUE CONFESSIONS (1981 U.S.) D: ULU GROSBARD W: JOAN DIDION P: IRWIN WINKLER/ROBERT CHARTOFF
A feature-length flashback to the late 40`s reveals an already economically divided Los Angeles, the haves represented by boorish tycoon land developer Charles Durning and his cronies, the have-nots by a murdered and mutilated prostitute (clearly modeled after the infamous Black Dahlia). Corrupt, seedy L.A.P.D. Detective Robert Duvall (who is on top form)`s investigations lead him into conflict with Durning, and by association his own schmoozing radio star Monsignor brother (co-star Robert DeNiro, not a convincing man-of-the-cloth). Based on John Gregory Dunne`s novel, this extremely well-acted character and mood piece unfolds casually without dynamism, with some cracking dialogue to keep you engaged, and then just peters out and ends with no surprises or revelations. Not at all bad, but unsatisfactory. With Burgess Meredith, Kenneth McMillan, Jeanette Nolan, Cyril Cusack, Dan Hedaya, James Hong, Richard Foronjy (from REPO MAN, funny in a brief bit part) and Louisa Moritz as a hooker. Grosbard also directed STRAIGHT TIME.

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