A young priest speaks out against the Communist regime in Poland and is killed for it.
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To prepare for his role, Christopher Lambert spent hours watching the sermons of Father Jerzy Popieluszko. Lambert realized that the most important aspect of Popieluszko wasn't his sermons, but the reaction from his crowds, who - according to Lambert - treated Popieluszko more like a rock star than a priest. See more
A government by brute force is not a government.
The UK theatrical version was heavily cut by 3 minutes and 41 seconds for a '15' rating:
- [Reel 4] After man escapes with stolen dog in car, remove sight of dog's head trapped in window as it is wound up (to conform with Cinematograph Films [Animals] Act 1937).
- [Reel 5] In murder of priest in forest, reduce number of blows to his head.
- [Reel 6] Reduce to minimum necessary to establish plot the sequence in which priest's head is covered with plastic bag before he is thrown into river, removing in particular all close shots of bloody face through plastic.
- [Reel 6] When captain returns home to wife after committing murder, remove sight of her legs over his shoulders during sex as well as his facial reaction to orgasm (whole scene removed by distributor).
The video release reinstated much of the cut material and was upgraded to an '18' rating, but still removed 21 seconds of footage (replicating the first compulsory cut to animal cruelty). See more
The Many Crimes of Cain
Written by Georges Delerue
Performed by Joan Baez See more