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A Prayer for the Dying (1987) Poster

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Both director Mike Hodges and actor Mickey Rourke publicly disowned the theatrical cut of this movie.
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To research his role as IRA activist Martin Fallon actor Mickey Rourke spent time with some real life IRA personnel.
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After director Mike Hodges had a successful release with the film Croupier (1998) there was talk that there was going to be a release of a Director's Cut of A Prayer for the Dying (1987) but this never eventuated.
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Mike Hodges replaced Franc Roddam as director. Roddam was going to direct but left due to creative differences. Hodges was then hired at short notice to helm the movie.
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Mike Hodges disowned the movie and attempted to have his name removed from the credits after creative interference from the film's producers. Hodges wasn't happy with the theatrical release of the film.
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The piece of music Fallon plays on the Organ is a fugue, BWV 578, by Johann Sebastian Bach .
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Bill Conti replaced John Scott as composer. Scott composed a music score that was rejected by the producers. Scott was then allegedly fired due to creative differences with the producers. Conti was then hired to finish the movie's film score.
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The salary in a play or pay deal for lead actor Mickey Rourke was UK £1 million.
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The picture was originally scheduled to be made around a decade earlier during the late 1970s. That intended production had director Edward Dmytryk and actor Robert Mitchum attached to direct and star respectively.
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Star Mickey Rourke disliked the finished film and objected to the amount of violence in the picture.
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The director's cut by director Mike Hodges apparently actually exists. Hodges originally had John Scott to compose the music. However the producers decided that they didn't like the score and then hired Bill Conti to redo the music. Moreover, after watching Hodges' cut, Samuel Goldwyn re-cut the film for an American action film audience .
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The film was made and released about fourteen years after its source novel of the same name by Jack Higgins had been first published in 1973.
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According to the book "Made in Yorkshire" (2008) by Tony Earnshaw, the above-mentioned planned 1970s version of this film intended to shoot in Leeds which is the city where Jack Higgins' source novel is actually set. The picture was to star Lee Marvin and be written and directed by Edward Dmytryk. The book features photos of Marvin and Dmytryk scouting locations in Leeds.
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Route publicly feuded with the studio boss during filming, unhappy that emphasis was placed on action over the dramatic script he had signed on for. He stated that the studio boss should have hired Chuck Norris for the resulting version
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Robert Shaw had been offered this in the mid 70's.
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IRA stands for Irish Republican Army.
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