This 1987 TV movie was released to the home video market in 1994 on the strength of Tommy Lee Jones's escalating big-screen popularity. A combination whodunit and morality play, BROKEN VOWS is a lackluster piece, enlivened by the potent performance of Jones as a Catholic priest who
questions his calling.
Father Joseph McMahon (Jones) witnesses a young artist's death from multiple stab wounds. He is awed by the man's grace in surrendering his life to God without fear or fight. The incident haunts McMahon, and he endeavors to learn more about the dead man, who is eventually identified as Stuart
Chase (David Straithairn). Though Chase lived under several aliases...