Last Rites

Last Rites Information

Last Rites is a 1988 thriller film written and directed by Donald P. Bellisario and starring Tom Berenger.


Father Michael is a New York priest with close ties to the Mafia crime syndicate -- his father is a don. The priest's brother-in-law, a mafia boss, is murdered while having sex with Angela, a mistress.

Pursued by hitmen, the mistress comes to the priest for help. The two have a near-deadly encounter with the hitmen, during which the priest is wounded, but not severely. He hides Angela in his church for a time, then the two are forced to go on the run.

Father Michael learns that the hitmen are under orders from his own sister, Zena, widow of the murdered mafia boss. The priest begins to fall in love with Angela, and finally succumbs to her vulnerability and charms. For the first time, the priest violates his vows. In flight to her home country, Mexico, the two have a sexual affair. The morning after, he awakens to find the girl gone.

Cast and crew

Actor Role
Tom Berenger Father Michael Pace
Daphne Zuniga Angela
Chick Vennera Nuzo
Anne Twomey Zena
Dane Clark Don Carlo
Paul Dooley Father Freddie
Vassili Lambrinos Tío
Adrian Paul Tony
Deborah Pratt Robin Dwyer
Tony DiBenedetto Lt. Jericho


The film was both a commercial and critical failure and caused a significant amount of controversy because of the touchy subject matter. Roger Ebert (himself raised Catholic) gave the film a "zero star" rating saying,
This is it - located at last and with only six weeks to spare - the worst film of 1988. "Last Rites" qualifies because it passes both acid tests: It is not only bad filmmaking, but it is offensive as well - offensive to my intelligence.
In America the film grossed $427,000 making it one of the biggest box office bombs of 1988.

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