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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Martin Fallon
... Father Michael Da Costa
... Jack Meehan
... Anna
... Billy Meehan
... Liam Docherty
Leonard Termo ... Bonati
... Jenny Fox
Maurice O'Connell ... Superintendant Miller
... Siobhan Donovan
... Fitzgerald
Ian Bartholomew ... Kristou
Peggy Aitchison ... Mrs. Orton
Cliff Burnett ... Fred Varley
... Rupert
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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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The movement wants his heart. The mob wants his mind. Martin Fallon wants his freedom. See more »


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11 September 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Auf den Schwingen des Todes  »

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Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,432,687
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Trivia

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. 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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Referenced in The Boondock Saints (1999) See more »

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Marche funèbre (Funeral March)
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Music by Frédéric Chopin
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Definitely the best Mickey Rourke film
7 August 1999 | by See all my reviews

It is a mystery for me how the great movies sometimes fall through the cracks. I don't expect it to be everyone's favorite but being completely missed by almost everybody? It puzzles me. If you up for a tough and disturbing movie tonight rent it. You won't be disappointed.


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