A string of a half-dozen murders committed by someone with a grudge against the Catholic Church, his victims being nuns and priests in a Detroit parish, is lacking in suspense or dramatic buildup, and what should have been the final climatic sequences are as flat as a holy wafer.
Pic [from the novel by William X. Kienzle] revolves mostly around a priest, Father Koesler, who sets about trying to solve the murders while the police seem to be twiddling their thumbs. The priest turns sleuth after the murderer drops a few clues to him during a confessional box session. As a man of the cloth, latter can’t tip off the police or probable victims because of his secrecy vows.
Donald Sutherland puts in a good performance as the liberal-minded investigating priest, and Charles Durning is fine as the hard-line father superior.