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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.

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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
Nicolas Shake ... Doctor
Rex Basbas Rex Basbas ... Lady Boy
Billy Moore Billy Moore ... Billy Moore's Father
Sonephet Inthisome Sonephet Inthisome ... Tiffany
Russel Galupo Russel Galupo ... Lady Boy
Nichakran Nabumrung Nichakran Nabumrung ... Gogo Girl
Komsan Polsan Komsan Polsan ... Patumsuk
Oakkharakittikhachok Chokwatcharakonkun Oakkharakittikhachok Chokwatcharakonkun ... Bowie
Somlock Kamsing Somlock Kamsing ... Trainer
Wisanu Kholekklang Wisanu Kholekklang ... Trustee
Sura Sirmalai Sura Sirmalai ... Chanachol
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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 for your life See more »


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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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UK | France | China | Cambodia | USA

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English | Thai

Release Date:

10 August 2018 (USA) See more »

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A Prayer Before Dawn See more »

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2.35 : 1
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The real Billy Moore makes an appearance in the film as his own father, who had died of cancer before filming began. See more »

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Performed by Scott Morgan as Loscil
Composed by Scott Morgan
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Intense and produced/filmed really well
26 September 2018 | by TheTopDawgCriticSee all my reviews

This is not your typical Hollywood production, but wow was it produced really well.

The score was perfect. The setting outstanding. The cinematography on point. The acting by all cast - even extras (mostly ex-convicts) was very convincing and intense, and Joe Cole nailed his role. The directing was fairly decent although the last fight scene was just too many close ups.

My main beef is the writing - either bad editing or cutting by the director. There were too many scenes that were missing info, such as what did the letters from his dad say? Why even have that in the film if it wont be elaborated. My other beef is the lack of subtitles where subtitles were needed (90% of the film). I'm not sure if it was my copy missing all the important dialogue subtitled, or the actual film, but I was left unsatisfied not knowing what everyone was saying, or at least many important scenes.

Nevertheless, a really intense film based on a true story, filmed really well overall. A great watch, especially if you're into the martial arts and Muay Thai. A well deserved 8/10 from me.


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