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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
Cherry Miko Cherry Miko ... Fame (as Pornchanok Mabklang)
Vithaya Pansringarm ... Officer Preecha
Panya Yimmumphai ... Keng
Billy Moore Billy Moore ... Billy Moore's Father
Rex Basbas Rex Basbas ... Lady Boy
Sonephet Inthisome Sonephet Inthisome ... Tiffany
Nicolas Shake ... Doctor
Russel Galupo Russel Galupo ... Lady Boy
Sura Sirmalai Sura Sirmalai ... Chanachol
Nichakran Nabumrung Nichakran Nabumrung ... Gogo Girl
Somlock Kamsing Somlock Kamsing ... Trainer
Nopparut Archeeva Nopparut Archeeva ... Sombut
Isoon Poungnak Isoon Poungnak ... Noi
Somsak Noichalad Somsak Noichalad ... Trustee


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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Did You Know?


Most of the casts who were acting as prisoners were legitimately ex-prisoners, some of them even just been recently released, while some, who were at the top of the list for potential actors and highly favored by Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire, the Film Director, were sentenced before production started. See more »


[All goofs for this title are spoilers.] See more »


Billy Moore: I'm not going to beat up some fucking Muslims! Alright?
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Performed by Scott Morgan as Loscil
Composed by Scott Morgan
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User Reviews

Worth the watch!
22 July 2018 | by grayjulie-70582See all my reviews

This little gem of a movie was quite worth the watch. Gritty, some uncomfortable to watch scenes- but wildly successful with regard to storytelling. The main Character (Joe Cole) is so damn interesting, he draws you into his world and the structure of the movie forces you to see the world from his eyes. There is very little English dialogue and not many subtitles- but you won't even notice - which is impressive. It's a simple story about a guy arrested and incarcerated in a foreign land, fighting to survive, but it delves so much deeper than that. Joe Cole IS the movie and he carries the story.

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Release Date:

10 August 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Prayer Before Dawn See more »

Filming Locations:

Nakhon Pathom, Thailand See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,453, 12 August 2018

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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