A Prayer for the Dying (1987)

R  |   |  Action, Crime, Drama  |  11 September 1987 (USA)
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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 ... 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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Release Date:

11 September 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Auf den Schwingen des Todes  »

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$6,000,000 (estimated)


$1,432,687 (USA)

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The picture was originally scheduled to be made around a decade earlier during the late 1970s. That intended production had director Edward Dmytryk and actor Robert Mitchum attached to direct and star respectively. See more »


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 »


Referenced in The Boondock Saints (1999) See more »


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Music by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
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Moving performances from Mickey Rourke, Bob Hoskins.
16 December 2003 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

Fine character portrayals by Rourke, Hoskins, Davis and Bates. If you don't generally think highly of him, don't be put off by Rourke starring; he shines in this ensemble piece . If you only think of Hoskins as a humorous figure, see this movie for a new perspective.

The plot is dark; the pace, at times, deliberate, but it maintains its intensity well, for most of the film, through to its satisfying, if somewhat abrupt, conclusion.


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