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A Prayer for the Dying (1987)

Martin Fallon is an IRA bomber who tries to blow up a troop truck but instead kills a bus load of school children. He loses heart and quits the movement and goes to London trying to leave ... See full summary »

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Martin Fallon is an IRA bomber who tries to blow up a troop truck but instead kills a bus load of school children. He loses heart and quits the movement and goes to London trying to leave the U.K. and start a new life. The IRA wants him back (he knows too much) and the local crime boss, Meehan, will only help him if he performs one last hit, on a rival crime boss. When Fallon does perform the hit, he is seen by a catholic priest. He refuses to kill an innocent again and must find a way to escape the police without killing the priest who can identify him. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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11 September 1987 (USA)  »

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Auf den Schwingen des Todes  »

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$6,000,000 (estimated)

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$1,432,687 (USA)
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Mike Hodges disowned the movie and attempted to have his name removed from the credits after creative interference from the film's producers. Hodges wasn't happy with the theatrical release of the film. See more »

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Anna: You turned your back on killing. So has Martin Fallon.
Father Michael Da Costa: I'm not so sure he has!
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The end credits begin to roll up from behind the amusement park rides on the horizon. See more »

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Referenced in The Boondock Saints (1999) See more »

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Another excellent Mickey Rourke performance
25 December 2005 | by (California) – See all my reviews

I won't bore any readers by repeating the plot line, since several others already have.

I bought the DVD after renting this movie, so I can enjoy Mickey Rourke's performance many times. It is wonderful, very different from what he has played before, and his Irish accent is just right-quite a pleasure to hear it.

I enjoyed the movie altogether, but Rourke's performance made it stand out totally-without it it would have been just another action/suspense movie. However, the blind girl's acting was unnatural and contrived a bit.


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