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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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11 September 1987 (USA)  »

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En messe for en morder  »

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$6,000,000 (estimated)

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$1,432,687 (USA)
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Trivia

Both director Mike Hodges and actor Mickey Rourke publicly disowned the theatrical cut of this movie. See more »

Quotes

Billy Meehan: I do what I fucking want, when I fucking want! I'm Jack Meehan's brother!
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Crazy Credits

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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Death March
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Music by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
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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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