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Martin Fallon is an IRA bomber who tries to blow up a troop truck but instead kills a bus load of school children. He loses heart and quits the movement and goes to London trying to leave ... See full summary »

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Father Michael Da Costa
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Jack Meehan
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Anna
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Billy Meehan
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Liam Docherty
Leonard Termo ...
Bonati
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Jenny Fox
Maurice O'Connell ...
Superintendant Miller
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Siobhan Donovan
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Fitzgerald
Ian Bartholomew ...
Kristou
Peggy Aitchison ...
Mrs. Orton
Cliff Burnett ...
Fred Varley
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Rupert
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Martin Fallon is an IRA bomber who tries to blow up a troop truck but instead kills a bus load of school children. He loses heart and quits the movement and goes to London trying to leave the U.K. and start a new life. The IRA wants him back (he knows too much) and the local crime boss, Meehan, will only help him if he performs one last hit, on a rival crime boss. When Fallon does perform the hit, he is seen by a catholic priest. He refuses to kill an innocent again and must find a way to escape the police without killing the priest who can identify him. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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11 September 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Prayer for the Dying  »

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Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$1,432,687 (USA)
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Trivia

Franc Roddam was going to direct, but left due to creative differences. See more »

Quotes

Martin Fallon: There's no reason for killing or dying anymore. What's more, there's no reason for living!
Anna: That's a terrible thing to say!
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The end credits begin to roll up from behind the amusement park rides on the horizon. See more »

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Referenced in The Boondock Saints (1999) See more »

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Panis Angelicus
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Music by César Franck
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Guilt-ridden IRA drop-out is called back for one last "hit."
3 November 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Jack Higgins' straightforward thriller about a guilt-ridden IRA bomber forced into "one last job" (where have I heard that plot before?) gets a snarky treatment from cult director Mike Hodges. Mickey Rourke, with alarming red hair, confesses all to the priest (Bob Hoskins, of all people) who accidentally witnessed the shooting. The rules of the church keep Father Bob from talking, but then Rourke goes and falls in love with the priest's blind niece. They bond at the church organ. What? Really, that's the plot. Alan Bates is around as the top dog mobster who's calling the shots (literally) and he seems to be the only actor who's on to the jokey tone Hodges is aiming at. Bates is all set to do a sort of U.K. PRIZZI'S HONOR, but no one else, including an effortlessly charismatic Liam Neeson in a supporting role, has been informed.


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