EL CRIMEN DEL PADRE AMARO

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Release Date: November 15, 2002

Starring: Gael Garcia Bernal, Ana Claudia Talancón, Sancho Garcia, and Damian Alcazar

Genre: Drama/Melodrama

Audience: Adults REVIEWER: Dr. Tom
Snyder EL CRIMEN DEL PADRE
AMARO is an anti-Christian,
anti-Catholic melodrama from
Mexico. The local bishop
assigns a young priest, Father
Amaro, to a rural parish to
get some seasoning. There, the
priest finds out that, not
only is the middle-aged parish
priest having a long-term
affair with a woman, he also
accepts loads of illegal drug
money to help fund a hospital.
When a newspaper writes about
the drug money, the bishop
orders Father Amaro to lie
about the hospital funding to
the newspaper's editor. Faced
with all the corruption
surrounding him, Father Amaro
decides to give into the
sexual advances of the
daughter of the parish
priest's mistress. She becomes
pregnant, however, so Amaro
forces her to get an abortion,
but the abortion is botched.
At her funeral, the parish
priest walks out in disgust as
the ambitious Amaro leads the
funeral service. Although the
parish priest repents of his
own fornication, this movie
presents a totally corrupt
Roman Catholic church. Not
only are the leaders corrupt,
so also are the parishioners.
According to the story, the
only good Catholic in the
movie is a priest who works
with peasants in the
countryside. This priest,
however, believes in Marxist
liberation theology and sees
nothing wrong in getting an
abortion, despite what his
church, and the Bible, clearly
teaches about the sanctity of
innocent life. The movie
excuses the immoral
fornication between the church
leaders and the parishioners.
Being lonely is a bigger sin,
the movie suggests. The most
offensive part of the movie,
however, may be the fervent
prayers to God that Amaro and
his mistress make just before
she goes to see the
abortionist. Of course, the
celibacy policy of the Roman
Catholic church for its
priests and can be debated.
Depriving all church leaders
from being able to have a wife
and family not only may be an
impossible demand, it also can
be argued that it doesn't
reflect the teachings of the
New Testament, which
encourages male church leaders
to have a wife. That doesn't
excuse, however, the sins of
fornication and abortion. Nor
does it absolve Christians who
let the evils of Marxism and
Communism infect the Bride of
Christ, God's church. Please
address your comments
to: Samuel Goldwyn, Jr.,
Chairman/CEO The Samuel
Goldwyn Co. 10203 Santa Monica
Blvd. Los Angeles, CA
90067 Phone: (310)
552-2255 Fax: (310) 284-8493

Rating: R

Runtime: 120 minutes

Distributor: Samuel Goldwyn Films CONTENT: (RoRoRo, AbAbAb, CoCoCo, Ho, Fe, B, C, LLL, VV, SS, NN, AA, DD, MMM) Very strong anti-Christian, anti-Catholic, Romantic worldview where Communist character's cynical anti-Christian view seems implicitly confirmed by the story, plus movie paints a rosy view of Marxist liberation theology and Catholic priest is effeminate but no other homosexual content as well as implied pro-choice feminist viewpoint and some positive moral and Christian elements overwhelmed by the movie's abhorrent worldview and immoral approach; about 33 obscenities and three profanities; jilted lover punches priest in the face and bloody after-effects of botched abortion wherein female baby killer dies; depicted fornication, implied fornication and priests break their vows of chastity; upper female nudity, upper male nudity and obscured rear nudity; alcohol use and priest gets drunk; smoking and priest accepts money from drug dealers to build a hospital; and, robbery, lying, blackmail, priests break vows, Catholic priests reject, and don't even seem to be aware, of their church's long-standing opposition to abortion, woman feeds Eucharist to her sick cat, woman steals from church collection plate, evil priest fires poor man for exposing him, parishioners stone evil Communist's house, and priest's naked whore dons robe meant to honor Mary, the mother of Jesus.

Director: Carlos Carrera

Executive Producer:

Producer: Alfredo Ripstein and Daniel Birman Ripstein EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Laura Imperiale

Writer: Vicente Lenero BASED ON THE 1875 PORTUGUESE NOVEL BY: Jose Maria Eca de Queiroz

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Content:

(RoRoRo, AbAbAb, CoCoCo, Ho, Fe, B, C, LLL, VV, SS, NN, AA, DD, MMM) Very strong anti-Christian, anti-Catholic, Romantic worldview where Communist character's cynical anti-Christian view seems implicitly confirmed by the story, plus movie paints a rosy view of Marxist liberation theology and Catholic priest is effeminate but no other homosexual content as well as implied pro-choice feminist viewpoint and some positive moral and Christian elements overwhelmed by the movie's abhorrent worldview and immoral approach; about 33 obscenities and three profanities; jilted lover punches priest in the face and bloody after-effects of botched abortion wherein female baby killer dies; depicted fornication, implied fornication and priests break their vows of chastity; upper female nudity, upper male nudity and obscured rear nudity; alcohol use and priest gets drunk; smoking and priest accepts money from drug dealers to build a hospital; and, robbery, lying, blackmail, priests break vows, Catholic priests reject, and don't even seem to be aware, of their church's long-standing opposition to abortion, woman feeds Eucharist to her sick cat, woman steals from church collection plate, evil priest fires poor man for exposing him, parishioners stone evil Communist's house, and priest's naked whore dons robe meant to honor Mary, the mother of Jesus.

GENRE: Drama/Melodrama

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Summary:

EL CRIMEN DEL PADRE AMARO is an anti-Christian, anti-Catholic melodrama from Mexico about a Roman Catholic parish, and a Roman Catholic priest, awash in a sinful bed of lust, deceit and depravity.

Review:

EL CRIMEN DEL PADRE AMARO is an anti-Christian, anti-Catholic melodrama from Mexico. The local bishop assigns a young priest, Father Amaro, to a rural parish to get some seasoning. There, the priest finds out that, not only is the middle-aged parish priest having a long-term affair with a woman, he also accepts loads of illegal drug money to help fund a hospital. When a newspaper writes about the drug money, the bishop orders Father Amaro to lie about the hospital funding to the newspaper's editor.

Faced with all the corruption surrounding him, Father Amaro decides to give into the sexual advances of the daughter of the parish priest's mistress. She becomes pregnant, however, so Amaro forces her to get an abortion, but the abortion is botched. At her funeral, the parish priest walks out in disgust as the ambitious Amaro leads the funeral service.

Although the parish priest repents of his own fornication, this movie presents a totally corrupt Roman Catholic church. Not only are the leaders corrupt, so also are the parishioners. According to the story, the only good Catholic in the movie is a priest who works with peasants in the countryside. This priest, however, believes in Marxist liberation theology and sees nothing wrong in getting an abortion, despite what his church, and the Bible, clearly teaches about the sanctity of innocent life. The movie excuses the immoral fornication between the church leaders and the parishioners. Being lonely is a bigger sin, the movie suggests. The most offensive part of the movie, however, may be the fervent prayers to God that Amaro and his mistress make just before she goes to see the abortionist.

Of course, the celibacy policy of the Roman Catholic church for its priests and can be debated. Depriving all church leaders from being able to have a wife and family not only may be an impossible demand, it also can be argued that it doesn't reflect the teachings of the New Testament, which encourages male church leaders to have a wife. That doesn't excuse, however, the sins of fornication and abortion. Nor does it absolve Christians who let the evils of Marxism and Communism infect the Bride of Christ, God's church.

Please address your comments to:

Samuel Goldwyn, Jr., Chairman/CEO

The Samuel Goldwyn Co.

10203 Santa Monica Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90067

Phone: (310) 552-2255

Fax: (310) 284-8493

SUMMARY: EL CRIMEN DEL PADRE AMARO is an anti-Christian, anti-Catholic melodrama from Mexico about a Roman Catholic parish, and a Roman Catholic priest, awash in a sinful bed of lust, deceit and depravity.

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