A Prayer for the Dying (1987)

R   |    |  Action, Crime, Drama

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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.



  • A Prayer for the Dying (1987)
  • A Prayer for the Dying (1987)
  • Alan Bates and Christopher Fulford in A Prayer for the Dying (1987)
  • Mickey Rourke and Bob Hoskins in A Prayer for the Dying (1987)
  • Bob Hoskins in A Prayer for the Dying (1987)
  • Mike Hodges in A Prayer for the Dying (1987)

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12 July 2004 | ninfilms
| A Flawed film, with ambition.
A Prayer For The Dying is one of those films which had the ambitions to be well made film like many classic, but it falls on it face.

It read stories that the film was re-edited behind the directors back and both Mike Hodges and Mickey Rourke have disowned the theatrical release. This is problem with the film, producers don't make good editors. There are some scenes which doesn't gel, and also the Bill Conti music is too melodramatic. Originally Mike Hodges hired John Scott too compose the soundtrack, then Samuel Goldwyn Jr didn't like it and got in Conti.

I read that Mickey Rourke's Irish accent was badly criticized by critics. I actuality thought that Rourke accent was convincing enough and also he is an Irish-American. Rourke is one most under estimated actors around.

Alan Bates is good as the Meehan, Bob Hoskins is reasonable as Costa even though at times he looks like he going to explode as a cockney gangster.

According to Mike Hodges there is his cut of the film and that MGM own the rights and that there were going to release film on DVD in its correct form.

I would like to see that happen as I said earlier it's an ambitious film along with Get Carter, but whereas Get Carter is a classic, A.P.F.D. falls on it face, because of people who meddled with the film not knowing what they are doing.

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