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The Ministers (2009)

  • Rate: 4.5/10 total 846 votes 
  • Genre: Crime
  • Runtime: 89 min
  • Filming Location: New York City, New York, USA
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The Ministers (2009)


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  • IMDb page: The Ministers (2009)
  • Rate: 4.5/10 total 846 votes 
  • Genre: Crime
  • Runtime: 89 min
  • Filming Location: New York City, New York, USA
  • Gross: $2,844(USA)(18 October 2009)
  • Director: Franc. Reyes
  • Stars: John Leguizamo, Harvey Keitel and Florencia Lozano
  • Original Music By: George Acogny (original music composed by)  
  • Soundtrack: Fabulous
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital
  • Plot Keyword: Twin Brother | Twins | Brother Brother Relationship | Religious Zealot | Corrupt Cop

Writing Credits By:

  • Franc. Reyes (written by)

Known Trivia

    Plot: A NYPD detective attempts to avenge the death of her father, but unwittingly becomes involved with one of his killers. Full summary » |  »

    Story: In New York, Detective Alberto Santana comes with his partner Joseph Bruno to meet his wife Gina and his daughter Celeste to celebrate her eighteenth birthday. Out of the blue, Alberto is shot in his head on the sidewalk by a man wearing a hood that delivers a religious message from the Lord. Many years later, Celeste is a detective of the New York Police Department and partner of Joe Bruno. When the crooks Alden and Jeff Kane, who had torched their buildings to receive the insurance, are released from prison, they are executed by two criminals in the same modus operandi of detective Santana, and the police department concludes that they are the same killers. Lieutenant Diaz assigns Detective Manso and Detective Demarco from narcotics to investigate the case, for the deception of Celeste. Then the drug dealer Chino and his gang are executed in Manhattan's Lower East Side by the killers Dante and his deformed and deranged twin brother Perfecto…Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil  

    FullCast & Crew

    Produced By:

    • George Acogny known as executive producer
    • Steffen Aumueller known as executive producer
    • Claus Clausen known as executive producer
    • Jill Footlick known as producer
    • Matthew Myers known as co-producer
    • Aaron Ray known as producer
    • Franc. Reyes known as producer
    • Glenn M. Stewart known as executive producer
    • Lisa Yesko known as associate producer
    • Lisa Yesko known as post-production producer

    FullCast & Crew:

    • John Leguizamo known as Dante / Perfecto
    • Harvey Keitel known as Joseph Bruno
    • Florencia Lozano known as Celeste Santana
    • Diane Venora known as Gina Santana
    • Wanda De Jesus known as Captain Diaz
    • Manny Perez known as Detective Manso
    • Saul Stein known as Detective Demarco
    • Benny Nieves known as Alberto Santana
    • Luis Antonio Ramos known as Carlos Rojas
    • Raquel Castro known as Nereida
    • Tammy Trull known as Liz
    • Raquel Jordan known as Alma
    • Alex Luria known as Dante / Perfecto 23 years old
    • Gabriella Fanuele known as Celeste 18 years old (as Gabriella Loren)
    • Josh Segarra known as Luis
    • Rick Sepulveda known as Jesse Montoya
    • Jaime Tirelli known as Father Gorbia
    • Susan Porro known as Karen Rossin
    • Sally Simone Dealy known as TV Host
    • John Hillner known as Jeff Kane
    • Adrian Martinez known as Mike
    • David Castro known as Dante / Perfecto 10 years old
    • Jason Fiore-Ortiz known as Luis 12 years old
    • Stracy Diaz known as Female Detective
    • Dashia known as Hispanic Woman
    • Tibor Feldman known as Phil Morgan
    • Tania Santiago known as Young Female Detective
    • Melina Lizette known as Kathy
    • Michael Sirow known as Young Cop
    • Tomorrow Baldwin Montgomery known as Nereida's Friend (as Tomorrow Baldwin-Montgomery)
    • Monica Steuer known as Bartender
    • Douglas Schneider known as Waiter
    • Quinton Aaron known as Perp (uncredited)
    • Charlene Biton known as Girlfriend (uncredited)
    • Ivan Cardona known as Dante's Father / Photo Op (uncredited)
    • Peter Conboy known as Fire Marshal (uncredited)
    • Kristina Dargelyte known as Girl at the Bar (uncredited)
    • Shalon Delgado known as Pedestrian (uncredited)
    • Julia Frisoli known as Hostess (uncredited)
    • Takako Haywood known as NYPD Officer (uncredited)
    • Dominick Mancino known as Police Sgt. (uncredited)
    • Allyssa Maurice known as Bartender (uncredited)
    • Michael Angelo Ortiz known as Chino's Drug Dealer (uncredited)
    • Adam S. Phillips known as Driver (uncredited)
    • Chris Riggi known as Boy (uncredited)
    • Antonio Saillant known as Detective (uncredited)
    • Henry Santos known as Carlos Rojas' Soldier (uncredited)
    • Bill Sorice known as EMT (uncredited)
    • Steven Weisz known as EMT (uncredited)
    • Bob Weston known as EMT (uncredited)



    Supporting Department

    Makeup Department:
    • Belinda Anderson known as key hair stylist
    • Lynn Campbell known as makeup department head
    • Tom Denier Jr. known as special makeup effects artist
    • Jason Hayes known as wig designer
    • Nicky Pattison known as key makeup artist
    • Jeffrey Rebelo known as hair department head
    • Anita Roganovic known as hair stylist (as Anita Lausevic)
    • Vincent Schicchi known as special makeup effects artist
    • Bradley Stenson known as additional makeup artist

    Art Department:

    • Myo Campbell known as art production assistant
    • Almitra Corey known as art department coordinator
    • Kaem Coughlin known as camera scenic artist
    • Thomas A. Delillo known as leadman
    • Geoffrey A. Ehrlich known as art department coordinator
    • Emily Gaunt known as charge scenic
    • Tatille Jackson known as art department production assistant
    • Phillip Leung known as set dresser
    • Julia Li known as art department production assistant
    • Robyn Murray known as art department production assistant
    • Kevin L. Raper known as additional graphic artist
    • James Sadek known as construction coordinator
    • Duke Scoppa known as property master
    • Theo Sena known as on-set dresser
    • Sylvia Trapanese known as scenic artist
    • Sylvia Trapanese known as scenic foreman
    • Ramona Wong known as art department production assistant




    Production Companies:

    • Alumbra Films
    • Grow Pictures
    • Scheherazade
    • Sherazade Film Development

    Other Companies:

    • David Haddad  transportation equipment
    • Haddad's  transportation equipment
    • Indiepay  payroll provided by
    • Lightnin' Production Rentals  transportation equipment
    • Mega Playground  video dailies
    • Runway  post-production
    • Soundtrack  ADR Facility


    • Eagle Films (2009) (non-USA) (all media) (Middle East)
    • Indies Home Entertainment (2010) (Netherlands) (DVD) (retail)
    • Maya Entertainment (2010) (USA) (DVD)
    • Maya Entertainment (2010) (USA) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
    • Movie Bank (2010) (Netherlands) (DVD) (rental)
    • SP Films (2011) (Argentina) (all media)



    Other Stuff

    Special Effects:

    • Brainstorm Digital

    Visual Effects by:

    • Glenn Allen known as visual effects producer: Brainstorm Digital
    • Sarah Coatts known as visual effects producer: PIC
    • Regan Copeland known as digital intermediate editor
    • Richard Friedlander known as visual effects producer: Brainstorm Digital
    • Eric J. Robertson known as visual effects supervisor: Brainstorm Digital

    Release Date:

    • Germany 6 February 2009 (European Film Market)
    • USA 16 October 2009 (limited)
    • Netherlands 4 May 2010 (DVD premiere)
    • Italy 1 December 2010 (DVD premiere)
    • Argentina 27 May 2011 (DVD premiere)

    MPAA: Rated R for violence and language



    Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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    1. masakiuma from United States
      30 Mar 2012, 1:47 pm

      A New York City detective (Celeste – Florencia Lozano) searches for"the ministers," who murdered her father in front of her years ago, andwho are still killing. She unwittingly becomes involved with one of thekillers (Dante – John Leguizamo).

      I came into this movie with low expectations. Nearly every review I sawof it made it look pretty bad, but I will watch pretty much any movieregardless of what the reviewers say. Unfortunately, I ended up havingto agree with those reviews.

      The acting in this movie just felt really awkward most of the time.Every time Harvey Keitel was on screen it seemed like they just shovedhim in front of the camera and threw lines at him without ever lettinghim see a script. The one scene I'm talking about in particular is whenhe is crying and begging Celeste to not go…man, it was justembarrassing to watch. John Leguizamo was decent most of the time, butat other times it seemed like he was just goofing around.

      The storyline was cluttered and confusing. It really felt like themovie was trying to be a mash-up of Boondock Saints, Se7en, and othercrime movies that involve religion. There were too many things going onat once, and none of the elements ended up working.

      The ending was HORRIBLE!! I know they were -trying- to be dramatic withit but it just came off seeming un-needed, forced, and cheap. Even ifthe rest of the movie was passable, the end simply destroys it.

      Overall it was an -okay- movie until the ending completely demolishesit.

      Final Score – 3/10

    2. Claudio Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
      30 Mar 2012, 1:47 pm

      In New York, Detective Alberto Santana (Benny Nieves) comes with hispartner Joseph Bruno (Harvey Keitel) to meet his wife Gina and hisdaughter Celeste (Gabriella Fanuele) to celebrate her eighteenthbirthday. Out of the blue, Alberto is shot in his head on the sidewalkby a man wearing a hood that delivers a religious message from theLord. Many years later, Celeste (Florencia Lozano) is a detective ofthe New York Police Department and partner of Joe Bruno.

      When the crooks Alden and Jeff Kane, who had torched their buildings toreceive the insurance, are released from prison, they are executed bytwo criminals in the same modus operandi of detective Santana, and thepolice department concludes that they are the same killers. LieutenantDiaz (Wanda de Jesus) assigns Detective Manso (Manny Perez) andDetective Demarco (Saul Stein) from narcotics to investigate the case,for the deception of Celeste. Then the drug dealer Chino and his gangare executed in Manhattan's Lower East Side by the killers Dante andhis deformed and deranged twin brother Perfecto (John Leguizamo), andLieutenant Diaz teams up Joe and Celeste with Manso and Demarco.Meanwhile, Dante meets Celeste in the church and they date first andhave a love affair. When Perfecto decides to kill Joe, Dante argueswith him but the dysfunctional brother does not listen to him.

      "The Ministers" is a film with a good police story ruined by a messyscreenplay and a melodramatic direction that transforms a gloomy storywith great potential in a soap opera. John Leguizamo and Harvey Keitelhave reasonable performances, but Florencia Lozano does not convince asa detective and does not show any chemistry with John Leguizamo. Thisfilm really deserved Abel Ferrara in the direction. My vote is six.

      Title (Brazil): "Justiceiros de Deus" ("Vigilantes of God")

    3. siderite from Romania
      30 Mar 2012, 1:47 pm

      Rarely have I watched a movie that is so consistently bad in everyscene; there is not one moment in the whole film that moves beyond bad.Not even a tiny spike. Harvey Keitel plays badly, Florencia Lozanoplays badly, John Leguizamo plays badly… twice!

      The story is probably recycled from a script back from the 70s and itfeels as dated as you can possibly imagine. The only thing modern inthe film were the cellphones and there were one or two scenes thatfeatured them. Cops act like they are goons, everybody is Latino, thepolice work is prehistoric and so on.

      Bottom line: avoid this movie at all costs. If you are really bored,try ripping out your own nails, it will be quicker and less painful.

    4. charlytully from Rosebush
      30 Mar 2012, 1:47 pm

      It's not like I have a thing against dual roles. For the kids ofyesteryear, Patty Duke makes a passable pair of cousins. In the sci-fipuzzler MOON–released within months of THE MINISTERS–Sam Rockwelldivided three ways comes off as a heck of a lot richer than the thingruel provided here when Leguizamo is merely split once. Even the mathin this SISTERS wannabe gets fuzzy, as the badder twin's half-bakedmake-up job smacks of the post-accident district attorney in THE DARKKNIGHT, leaving it up to the viewer to decide if there really are 1 1/2or 2 1/2 Leguizamos (assuming they are interested enough in thisless-than-it-seems-at-first story to do any such calculations in thefirst place).

      One of the main faults of what could have been a better film, besidesthe shortcomings of the male lead, is that it weakens as it goes along,ending with a seen-coming-from-a-mile-away climax which not only failsto satisfy, but even smacks of the sort of "let's off the crazies in amorally unambiguous way even if it doesn't jive with the first 99% ofthe movie" which often was required by the Hayes Puritanical CensorshipCode in a country allegedly setting the world standard for "Freedom ofSpeech" from 1934 until 1964.

    5. bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York
      30 Mar 2012, 1:47 pm

      If The Ministers had a point to make, it didn't make it with me. Afterwatching the film, I'm still puzzled as to what exactly it was allabout.

      Young Florencia Lozano loses her detective father Benny Nieves in whatwas a hit carried out by two hooded men who have killed before andleave these Bible tracts at the scenes of their crimes. Years later sheis now a detective partnered with Harvey Keitel who was her father'spartner and her supervising detective is Wanda DeJesus who was trainedby Lozano's father.

      The two killers known as The Ministers are also accused in the shootingdeaths of a whole drug crew, a rather bloody bit of business that SamPeckinpah would have been glad to choreograph. The two Ministers areplayed by John Leguizamo in a dual role as twins. One of the twins wasbadly burned in an apartment house fire as a child.

      In fact Leguizamo has a whole agenda of scores to settle, but he alsogets himself involved with Lozano, the non-scarred twin that is.

      The Ministers has a confused message, a whole lot of violence and not alot of rational sense to the plot. Seems a terrible waste of a lot oftalented people.

    6. Fiendish_Dramaturgy from .: Fiendish Writings in the Dark :.
      30 Mar 2012, 1:47 pm

      This one is hard to watch. The serious tone of the story line, the edgydual performance by John Leguizamo, and the dark Christian perspectivewill not win this work any fans in the Bible-Belt, for sure, but theyalso factor into the equation of elements adding together to make theviewer cringe and pull back not only from the story, but from thecharacters. By the time you decide whose side you're on, the movie isover and you're left feeling empty and incomplete from the experience.This is, without a doubt, John Leguizamo's "the Libertine," in that itmay well be his best performance ever, and maybe 12 people will see it.I cannot say this film is fabulous, but I will say that John Leguizamopurely shines, so if you're a fan of his work, do yourself a favor andredbox this (at least), but if not, you may want to try "What's theWorst that Could Happen?" instead, wherein he costars with MartinLawrence and Danny DiVito.

      All in all? This is one of those dark obscure pools of goodness whoseappreciation calls for a genre-fan, or a fan of the principal actor, toreally enjoy the work. Otherwise, you may be disappointed.

      I love John Leguizamo, so for me, it rates a 7.6/10 from…

      the Fiend :.

    7. vilj-1 from United States
      30 Mar 2012, 1:47 pm

      When one watches a Frank Reyes film, one knows the movie will beentertaining and there will be plenty of action. Reyes is a disciple ofJohn Singleton. One watches his films for entertainment and forescapism, nothing more. Thirteen years after her father was slain, andnow a New York City homicide detective, she (the lead actress) sets outto discover the truth behind the gruesome murder. The movie has a kindof religious theme and is a psychological thriller with a nice arc fromstart to finish. Great acting from John Leguizamo, Harvey Keitel andWanda De Jesus, who is a "regular" from Reyes films. Don't analyzeevery frame, just take it for what it is and sit back and enjoy thefilm.

    8. kosmasp
      30 Mar 2012, 1:47 pm

      Of course Boondock Saints wasn't the first movie, with people on a"mission", but you kinda feel like this goes a similar way. It also hassome other people in it though and does not play for laughs or straysoff into another reality. This stays grounded in "our" world, with realproblems and some confusion (character and otherwise).

      It stays morally ambiguous, which may or may not be a good thing(depending on your view of things, or how you liked the acting. Namechecking aside (also character names, see John L. for that), it doesnot bring completely new things on the table. But what it serves, itserves up pretty good (for a low budget movie that is). Harvey ("BadLieutenant") Keitel is always dependable, though John L. seems not atthe top of his game. I've seen him do better things, with his roles.

    9. Anonymous
      30 Mar 2012, 1:47 pm

      Saw Harvey Keitel on the cover, so it couldn't be all bad right? True.Not all that bad.

      John Leguizamo plays dual roles as a pair of brothers who kill for thechurch, one of which falls in love with the daughter of one of hisvictims. Harvey Keitel is one of the daughters late fathers friends,who watches over the daughter, who is now a cop.

      Acting wasn't bad. Leguizamo is pretty good as the two brothers. Thefemale lead is forgettable, but not awful. Keitel is great as always.The only horrible performance that made my skin crawl was from Wanda deJesus (as the police captain), that woman can not act.

      Not a bad straight to DVD mystery/thriller. I'd check it out ifeverything else is gone at Blockbuster.

    10. theoneis from United States
      30 Mar 2012, 1:47 pm

      I watched this from start to finish. It was painful to say the least.When I saw the performances by John Leguizamo, Florencia Lozano, WandaDe Jesus and have to wonder if these people could even act like theyneeded to have a bowel movement after a box of laxatives.

      I've seen better performances from babies acting like they were hurtthrowing a tantrum.

      Leguizamo needs to stick with comedy as that seems to be the onlyavenue that has some semblance of talent for him. To date there isn't afilm that comes to mind that Leguizamo has done that is even worthmentioning, much less remembering.

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