R | | Action, Crime, Drama
Martin, an I.R.A. hitman, is seen by a Catholic priest while carrying out a hit. He grows a bond with the priest and his niece. But his past and his former employers put all their lives in danger.
According to the book "Made in Yorkshire" (2008) by Tony Earnshaw, the above-mentioned planned 1970s version of this movie intended to shoot in Leeds, which is the city where Jack Higgins' source novel is set. The movie was to star Lee Marvin and be written and directed by Edward Dmytryk. The book features photos of Marvin and Dmytryk scouting locations in Leeds.
There's no reason for killing or dying anymore. What's more, there's no reason for living!
Anna: That's a terrible thing to say!
The end credits begin to roll up from behind the amusement park rides on the horizon.
There's an unknown director's cut for which Mike Hodges originally had John Scott to compose the music. However the producers decided that they didn't like it and hired Bill Conti to redo the music. Also, after watching Hodges' cut, Samuel Goldwyn recut the film for American audience who wanted an action movie. Both Hodges and Mickey Rourke publically disowned the theatrical cut.
$881,793 13 September 1987