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A Prayer for the Dying (1987)

Martin, an IRA hitman, is seen by a catholic priest while carrying out a hit. He grows a bond with the priest and his niece. But his past and his former employers put all their lives in danger.

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Bonati
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Superintendant Miller
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Storyline

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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They want his heart, his mind, his blood. He wants his freedom. See more »


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11 September 1987 (USA)  »

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Auf den Schwingen des Todes  »

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$6,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,432,687
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Robert Shaw had been offered this in the mid 70s. See more »

Quotes

Billy Meehan: I do what I fucking want, when I fucking want! I'm Jack Meehan's brother!
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Crazy Credits

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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28 November 2001 | by See all my reviews

Completely (and rather unjustly) forgotten today, this is an offbeat, interesting dramatic thriller based on a book that seems to lift its basic idea from Alfred Hitchcock's "I Confess" (actually, I haven't seen "I Confess" yet, but everybody knows its premise). The movie has a great cast and makes an earnest attempt to combine psychodrama with more traditional thriller elements. The main problem is that, once the basic situation has been (elaborately) set up, the story seems to get stalled and has nowhere to go. There is also a subplot, involving Liam Neeson in an early role as Mickey Rourke's old comrade in the IRA, that's ultimately just a waste of time. (**)


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