In the New York City milieu as presented by the lens of Hollywood myth-making, an Italian American male has two likely roles. He is either an associate of the Mafia family of organized criminals or he has a connection to the Catholic Church. Tom Berenger, as the heroic leading man of the murder drama Last Rites (1988), is a double winner. By an accident of birth he is Mob-related. By divine vocation he is an ordained foot soldier of Jesus. Neither of these conditions is in contradiction of the other, until the conscience-stricken padre uses his position with the parish to shelter a moll on the lam after her mobster sugar man is killed in his prime. Will sacred vows protect God's servant from his curvaceous charge's devilish wiles?