The Rosary Murders

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The Rosary Murders
Rosary murders poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Fred Walton
Produced by Robert G. Laurel
Written by William X. Kienzle
Elmore Leonard
Fred Walton
Starring Roger Angelini
Donald Sutherland
Charles Durning
Tom Mardirosian
Mark Margolis
Anita Barone
Jack White
Music by Bobby Laurel
Don Sebesky
Cinematography David Golia
Edited by Sam Vitale
Distributed by New Line Cinema
Release date(s)
  • August 28, 1987 (1987-08-28)
Running time 105 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $1,730,337[1]

The Rosary Murders is a 1987 neo-noir mystery film starring Donald Sutherland as Father Koesler, based upon the novel by William X. Kienzle. Kienzle received screenplay credit, as did Elmore Leonard.

The story involves a series of murders in which the victims are all either Roman Catholic priests or nuns, each of whom is found with a black rosary. Father Koesler goes in search of the murderer but is caught in a quandary when the murderer confesses the crimes to him. He is unable to break the seal of confession by going to the police.

Jack White has an uncredited role in the film as an altar server.[2] The film was shot in Detroit, Michigan at Holy Redeemer parish, a century old Roman Catholic church on Detroit's Southwest side.

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