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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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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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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 »

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Anna: You turned your back on killing. So has Martin Fallon.
Father Michael Da Costa: I'm not so sure he has!
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Rourke's linguistic opus
12 June 2005 | by See all my reviews

Mickey Rourke is a much deeper and more dedicated actor than he gets credit for. His accent in " A Prayer.." is spot on and that is quite an accomplishment that takes months of dedication. He takes his place up in the front row with Gary Oldman, Pete Postlewaithe (sp.?) and I even have to include Brad Pitt after his amazing performance in Snatch. Rourke's Bad Boy image makes the moral dilemma he creates for himself or finds himself in even more effective. Brilliant scene when Hoskins becomes increasingly irate and at the peak of his fury we see him from Rourke's POV and his dark outline eclipses the first few letters of a "Courage" beer sign and only the flashing red neon letters RAGE remain.


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