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El crimen del Padre Amaro (2002)

Politics and sexual passions threaten to corrupt a young, newly-ordained priest in a small Mexican town.

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Presidente Municipal Gordo (as Pedro Armendáriz)
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Recently ordained a priest, 24-year-old Father Amaro is sent to a small parish church in Los Reyes, Mexico to assist the aging Father Benito in his daily work. Benito--for years a fixture in the church as well as the community--welcomes Father Amaro into a new life of unseen challenges. Upon arriving in Los Reyes, the ambitious Father Amaro meets Amelia, a beautiful 16-year-old girl whose religious devotion soon becomes helplessly entangles in a growing attraction to the new priest. Amelia is quickly following into the footsteps of her mother, Sanjuanera, who has been engaged in a long-time affair with Father Benito. Amaro soon discovers that corruption and the Church are old acquaintances in Los Reyes. Father Benito has been receiving financial help from the region's drug lord for the construction of a new health clinic. As well, another priest in the diocese, Father Natalio, is suspected of assisting guerilla troops in the highlands. Maenwhile, Amelia and Father Amaro have fallen in... Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Rated R for sexuality, language and some disturbing images | See all certifications »

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13 December 2002 (USA)  »

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The Crime of Padre Amaro  »

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$1,800,000 (estimated)

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$496,290 (USA) (15 November 2002)

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$5,709,616 (USA) (4 April 2003)
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This movie began creating controversy even before it was released. Several groups, most of them related to church, tried to ban the movie. They did not succeed; instead, tickets were sold out on opening weekend. See more »

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Amaro gets beaten up by Ruben and receives some bruises in his face. A little later, when he meets Amelia in the church, the bruises are gone. See more »

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The Mayor: I rule for my people, not for my party.
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Referenced in The Holiday (2006) See more »

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"My vocation is the important thing!"
9 August 2003 | by (Bewyn, PA. USA) – See all my reviews

This was one of the best movies I have seen; NOT because the acting was excellent, but it was! NOT because the music was excellent, but it was! NOT because the photography was excellent, but it was!

In addition to all the above, it spoke of a very real and present danger existing in our societies today, so skillfully, and with such excellence of production, and character and thematic development that I will long remember the story, the feelings of ALL the characters, and, most important of all, the POINT.

The REAL CRIME became evident in the early stages of the movie: the sin of placing ego ahead of God, and the people to whom one has voluntarily become a Shepard. Padre Amaro's youthful amoral dedication to the development of his career (should have been `calling') littered white lies that like mustard seeds grew and grew until he became a spiritual disfigurement of what he should have become. Placing extrinsics ahead of integrity, Amaro's service to God and His congregation finally became a mockery.

This lesson hits a soft spot with me as I watch our present day `public servant' shepards almost ubiquitously putting their own personal interests ahead of their duties to the people. Greed in ambition

can be a dangerous thing, especially in the realm of service to the public, be it religious, governmental, or charitable.

And, like a boil, it will ultimately be lanced.

This movie is a real credit to the Mexican film industry.

Rating: 5/5 10/10 Bill Schaefer Berwyn PA ephraim@chesco.com


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