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To Kill a Priest (1988)

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A young priest speaks out against the Communist regime in Poland and is killed for it.

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Father Alek
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Stefan
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Colonel
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Feliks
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Igor
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Josef (as Peter Postlethwaite)
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Halina
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Anna
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Mirek (as Charles Condou)
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Wojciech Pszoniak ...
Bridge Player (as Wojtek Pszoniak)
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A young priest speaks out against the Communist regime in Poland and is killed for it.

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13 October 1989 (USA)  »

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The film is based on the true story of Father Jerzy Popieluszko, a Catholic priest and Solidarity supporter who was murdered by agents of the Polish secret police. See more »

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The Many Crimes of Cain
Written by Georges Delerue
Performed by Joan Baez
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Central miscasting spoils a good film
11 February 2005 | by (Phoenix, Arizona) – See all my reviews

Every so often, you can see a mediocre film, and get a hint of what the film could have been with just a few changes. This is one of them; it features several excellent actors - Ed Harris, Tim Roth, Pete Postlethwaite, Joss Ackland (sorry for misspellings!) - but one unforgivably bad casting decision: casting the absolutely charisma-deprived Christopher Lambert as the Priest. To believe in the film at all, the priest has to be seen as dangerously attractive to the people, a charismatic leader. Lambert cannot portray that. He is one of the worst actors around, and he kills this picture dead.

Two other major gripes about the film: there is a scene where the priest is lectured by his bishop and then sent to Rome - or not, since he never actually goes. What was that there for? To show that the Polish Church was in cahoots - or at least practiced accommodation - with the government? Fine. But at least, SEND HIM TO ROME. Otherwise you have a useless scene that detracts from the movie.

The other gripe: I suppose there is some screenwriter union rule that dictates that if you have a movie involving a priest, an attractive woman has to fall hopelessly in love with him. What a stupid, useless, cliché, especially in a movie like this.


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