Last Rites (1988)


“Freddie, do you realize you’re not stuttering now?” – Father Michael Pace

“Uh-huh. Yeah, when I’m shocked, I don’t stutter for a couple of hours. Nobody knows why. I never stuttered in Vietnam.” – Father Freddy

Number of Times Seen – 1 (28 Jun 2021)

Brief Synopsis – After her lover is murdered by his wife, a women turns to a priest to keep her safe.

My Take on it – This is a film that I recall hearing about when it came out, yet never saw it beforehand.

Tom Berenger is a great actor and the premise actually intrigued me when I came across it now.

The story is pretty unique because of the way that the characters stories are entwined so much along the way.

The cast also helps keep things intriguing and Daphne Zuniga stands out among the rest in a supporting role.

The film has some interesting twists that help keep the viewer guessing, yet after the midway point, certain aspects of the story are taken too far and this detracts from the plausibility of such a story.

The characters are underdeveloped and that also hurts things because it’s much harder to care about them or what they do.

As a fan of Quantum Leap and NCIS, I was happy to see that this film was directed by Donald P. Bellisario who created those shows among numerous others.

I don’t proclaim that this film is superb, but I’m quite curious as to why Roger Ebert hated it so much, because it’s far from being terrible. (see Trivia below)

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Included on Roger Ebert’s “Most Hated” list. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (6/10)

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