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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.


Jonathan Hirschbein (screenplay), Nick Saltrese (screenwriter)
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1 win & 6 nominations. See more awards »





Credited cast:
Joe Cole ... Billy Moore
Pornchanok Mabklang Pornchanok Mabklang ... Fame
Vithaya Pansringarm ... Officer Preecha
Panya Yimmumphai ... Keng
Billy Moore Billy Moore ... Billy Moore's Father
Nicolas Shake ... Doctor
Rex Basbas Rex Basbas ... Lady Boy
Sonephet Inthisome Sonephet Inthisome ... Tiffany
Russel Galupo Russel Galupo ... Lady Boy
Nichakran Nabumrung Nichakran Nabumrung ... Gogo Girl
Somlock Kamsing Somlock Kamsing ... Trainer
Sakda Niamhom Sakda Niamhom ... Saiyok
Chaloemporn Sawatsuk Chaloemporn Sawatsuk ... M
Sura Sirmalai Sura Sirmalai ... Chanachol
Patsapon Kaysornmaleethanachok Patsapon Kaysornmaleethanachok ... Yieow Dang


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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The fight starts from inside 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


English | Thai

Release Date:

10 August 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Prayer Before Dawn See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The climatic fight was filmed not in Thailand but in the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center in the Philippines. See more »


Performed by Scott Morgan as Loscil
Composed by Scott Morgan
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Brutal is the word, But a excellent film
20 July 2018 | by jaymeejay-69092See all my reviews

Been waiting for this for ages, didn't disappoint, savage film some disturbing bits, i've lived in Thailand so know Thai prisons are harsh especial if you have no money like Billy, would say it's a little bit slow, but still one wicked prison film, Joe Cole was defo the man for the part, quite a lot of Thai spoken, luckily i understand some of it, but if you you like prison films this is a must, it is up there,

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