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To Kill a Priest (1988)

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

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Cast

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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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Bishop
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Mirek (as Charles Condou)
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Bridge Player (as Wojtek Pszoniak)
Johnny Allen
George Birt ...
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André Chaumeau ...
(as Andre Chaumeau)
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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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Popieluszko  »

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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 »

Quotes

Father Alek: A government by brute force is not a government.
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Soundtracks

The Many Crimes of Cain
Written by Georges Delerue
Performed by Joan Baez
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3 July 2013 | by (Romania) – See all my reviews

it is like a large plate with many dishes. a part can be tasty. but a little part. one of them - the idea to do a film about Jerzy Popieluszko. the second - the performance of Ed Harris. the not inspired part remains the option for Christopher Lambert as legendary priest. he is perfect for a precise sort of characters. this role is out of his circle. the other sin - the desire to present too much, too large. the hero is a symbol and a vulnerable man in a not convincing mixture. the fundamental virtue, more important than errors is the courage to present a slice of resistance from the Communist space. this is the basic role of this film - to say a powerful, touching story about the fight against sick political system. sure, Poland was a special case. but more than a case it was a model for many people from Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria or Yugoslavia. after so many years, it remains a warning and a kind of boomerang. a testimony and picture of evil front to moral victory of sacrifice.


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