The Crime of Father Amaro Movie Review 2002

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Eca de Queiroz's 1875 Portuguese novel is transplanted to modern-day Mexico, confronting a number of controversies surrounding the Catholic Church, including abortion, celibacy, and corruption. Young cleric Padre Amaro (Bernal) is the protege of Bishop Ernesto (Gomez Cruz) who sends him to the provinces to learn church politics from the seasoned Padre Benito (Gracia). Benito has had a longtime affair with Sanjuanera (Aragon) whose beautiful young daughter Amelia (Talancon) becomes infatuated with the handsome young priest. Amaro is soon learning to justify his less than priestly behavior with Amelia, which leads him down increasingly precarious moral paths. Spanish with subtitles.


Sony Pictures Home Video, Sony Pictures Plz., 10202 W. Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232, Phone: (310)244-7306, Fax: (310)280-2485, URL:, Remarks: Formerly Columbia Tristar Home Entertainment

Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 120 minutes.
Originally from Mexican.

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Nuns & Priests, Sex & Sexuality, Pregnant Pauses, Abortion, Mexico, The First Time
Vicente Lenero
Gael Garcia Bernal, Sancho Gracia, Ana Claudia Talancon, Damian Alcazar, Angelica Aragon, Pedro Armendariz, Luisa Huertas, Ernesto Gomez Cruz
Guillermo Granillo
Carlos Carrera
Rosino Serrano
Nerio Barberis, Oscar Figueroa, Mariestela Fernandez, Carmen Ginmenez Cacho
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