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38 Ratings

A Prayer for the Dying

Directed by Mike Hodges
United Kingdom, 1987
Action, Drama, Crime


Martin Fallon is an I.R.A. 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. But the I.R.A. wants him back because he knows too much.

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A Prayer for the Dying Directed by Mike Hodges

Critics reviews

Whatever one thinks of the film as it now stands, it’s beautifully acted, expertly paced, and not at all disjointed. Hodges had the superb and unorthodox idea of switching the roles of Alan Bates and Bob Hoskins so that the former plays the gangster villain and the latter plays the sympathetic priest, and Mickey Rourke in the lead role as a guilt-stricken and angelic IRA terrorist does a remarkable job of making such an improbable character compelling. This is well worth a look.
June 27, 2016
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