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A Prayer Before Dawn (2017)

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The true story of an English boxer incarcerated in one of Thailand's most notorious prisons as he fights in Muay Thai tournaments to earn his freedom.


Billy Moore (based on the memoir by), Jonathan Hirschbein (screenplay by) | 1 more credit »
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Credited cast:
Joe Cole ... Billy Moore
Vithaya Pansringarm ... Officer Preecha
Pornchanok Mabklang Pornchanok Mabklang ... Fame
Panya Yimmumphai ... Keng
Billy Moore Billy Moore ... Billy Moore's Father
Sonephet Inthisome Sonephet Inthisome ... Tiffany
Nicolas Shake ... Doctor
Rex Basbas Rex Basbas ... Lady Boy
Russel Galupo Russel Galupo ... Lady Boy
Somlock Kamsing Somlock Kamsing ... Trainer
Sura Sirmalai Sura Sirmalai ... Chanachol
Sakda Niamhom Sakda Niamhom ... Saiyok
Tanipol Kamjun Tanipol Kamjun ... Lek
Nichakran Nabumrung Nichakran Nabumrung ... Gogo Girl
Ardune Nudchanard Ardune Nudchanard ... Guard


Billy Moore, an English boxer, down on his luck, addicted to Ya Ba, and stuck in Thailand, ends up getting arrested and sent to Chiang Mai Prison, where he struggles to survive and eventually ends up fighting in Muay Tai boxing tournaments. Written by Gabe Hernandez

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Fight Your Way Out See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence including a brutal rape sequence, drug use and language throughout, some sexual content and nudity | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]


UK | France | China | Cambodia | USA | Germany


English | Thai

Release Date:

10 August 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Prayer Before Dawn See more »

Filming Locations:

Nakhon Pathom, Thailand See more »

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Technical Specs




Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The film had its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival on May 19, 2017. See more »


In an early fight, Billy's left ear is injured (outside near top cut open) and after is shown being sown together by Thai inmate: latter shots showing same ear have no sign of such / healing / scar or (probable) likes injury: of note, when the real B. Moore turns up as a visitor (as his own father) at the end, it is clear that his (real Billy) left ear (outside top) is missing. See more »


Performed by Scott Morgan as Loscil
Composed by Scott Morgan
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Based on a True Story
4 August 2018 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

Films about prisons and martial arts are usually attractive. "A Prayer Before Dawn" is a combination of the two genres and the most important: based on the true story of the English boxer William "Billy" Moore brilliantly performed by Joe Cole. The story of the addicted in heroin boxer that is arrested in Thailand and sent to a notorious prison, learning Muay Thay and winning an important tournament that changed his life gives the sensation of a documentary shot in a prison in Thailand. The plot and scenes are realistic and brutal, totally different from most of the Hollywood productions of the genre. It is not in the same level of the masterpiece "Midnight Express", but expresses the sensation of a Caucasian in a foreigner prison. My vote is seven.

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