A Prayer for the Dying (1987)
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as Father Michael Da Costa
as Liam Docherty
as Martin Fallon
as Jack Meehan
as Siobhan Donovan
as Cemetery Superindentent
as Mrs. Orton
as Fred Varley
Critic Reviews for A Prayer for the Dying
Muses on the difficulty once violent men have in ridding themselves of the mark of Cain.
Tense, Completely original and well-acted.
"it's in need of salvation"
A bit flawed but always compelling, with stellar performances, interesting characters, and good craftsmanship paving the way.
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Audience Reviews for A Prayer for the Dying
Aimed big but came up waaaaaay short of it's mark......for all it's on screen talent it's a rather pedestrian offering.
May you die in Ireland Martin Fallon is a former assassin who has been asked to perform one last job. Fallon reluctantly takes the job. He sneaks up on his victim and executes him in front of a priest. The priest causes Fallon to question his profession. As Fallon tries to step out of the shadow of his former life, his most recent employers will stop at nothing to ensure he disappears for good. "What are you doing father, praying or puking?" Mike Hodges, director of Murder by Numbers, I'll Sleep When I'm Dead, Flash Gordon, The Omen II, and Get Carter (1971), delivers A Prayer for the Dying. The storyline for this picture is interesting and on par with numerous other films within the action genre. The acting in this film separates it from other pictures with similar plots and the cast includes Mickey Rourke, Liam Neeson, and Bob Hoskins. "You should have shot the bastard." A Prayer for the Dying is a film that grabbed my attention based on its marvelous cast. I am a Mickey Rourke fan and have been on a mission to see as many of his pictures as possible. I will say Rourke does an awesome job of delivering an Irish accent and his character is predictably eccentric. Overall, this is a worthwhile action picture that does little to separate itself from other films in the genre other than having outstanding acting. "I bury people or I burn them." Grade: C+
What the hell made anyone want to watch this one I saw a good rating and thought why not. Boy was I wrong. Mickey Rourke plays an IRA bomber who accidentally blows up a school bus full of kids instead of the intended targets an army troop truck. When pushed to the brink he must do all that is necessary to get his freedom back. What was the director thinking when he thought this film was going to work. Did he oversleep the day his god gave out common sense? He had a non-blind person play one who also played the piano with shots showing she wasn't even close. Throughout the movie she looks directly into peoples eyes then later she's lighting candles. Why she's BLIND... Best of all Mickey R. sounds like a leprechaun from Lucky charmsville. Some of the acting was OK, but either the story was a pile crap or the director couldn't see the big scope. Anyway, it was a complete waste of time. By the end I wanted to smash my face onto the table next to me so it would all be over. Don't watch this unless you like movies that are more wrong than right.
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