|THE ROSARY MURDERS (director/writer: Fred Walton; screenwriters: Elmore Leonard/based on the novel by William X. Kienzle; cinematographer: David Golia; editor: Sam Vitale; music: Bobby Laurel/Don Sebesky; cast: Donald Sutherland (Father Bob Koesler), Charles Durning (Father Nabors), B. Constance Barry (Sister Grace), Belinda Bauer (Pat Lennon), Doris Biscoe (Reporter), Roger Angelini (Brainard), James Murtaugh (Javison), John Danelle (Detective Harris), Josef Sommer (Lt. Walt Koznicki), Anita Barone (Irene Jimenez); Runtime: ; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Robert G. Laurel/Michael Mihalich; First Take (New Line Cinema); 1987)|
|"A slow-going thriller."
by Dennis Schwartz
slow-going thriller similar in plot to Hitchcock's I
Confess. It's based on the novel by
ex-priest William X. Kienzle. It's scripted by
Elmore Leonard and the director Fred Walton ("April
Fool's Day"/"When A Stranger Calls Back"/"Hadley's
Sutherland plays a liberal informal parish
priest who discovers in confession the killer of other
priests in Detroit. The killer leaves his
calling-card, a black rosary wrapped in the hand of
each corpse. However the priest is stuck, as Catholic
law forbids him to reveal what he learns at
confession. Thereby Sutherland plays
sleuth, and shows up the inept clueless police, led
in their floundering investigation by Lt. Walt
only help Sutherland gets is from ditzy reporter
Belinda Bauer. Charles Durning plays the
conservative father superior.
The thriller never excites. Its climax has no big moment.
REVIEWED ON 9/22/2015 GRADE: C+
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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