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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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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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They want his heart, his mind, his blood. He wants his freedom. See more »


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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)

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$1,432,687
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The picture was originally scheduled to be made around a decade earlier during the late 1970s. That intended production had Edward Dmytryk and Robert Mitchum attached to direct and star respectively. See more »

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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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Possibly one of the best movies, ever.
30 January 2003 | by See all my reviews

Based on the Jack Higgins novel of the same name, A Prayer for the Dying follows an IRA hitman (Rourke) who has seen enough and wants to come clean. Chased the cops and the IRA as well as a notorious gangster, Rourke (as Martin Fallon) has to protect a priest who he has implicated in a murder. While some of the supporting actors aren't the most impressive, I think that this is Rourke's best work. He plays a man with a haunted past who wants desperately to put an end to the cycle of violence that has followed him for years.


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