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A Prayer for the Dying Details

FULL SYNOPSIS

A man struggling to escape the political unrest of Northern Ireland finds that his violent past still follows him in this drama. Martin Fallon (Mickey Rourke) is a terrorist with the Irish Republican Army who, while attempting to blow up a British military transport, accidentally bombs a bus full of schoolchildren. The incident haunts Fallon, who decides to quit the IRA and escape to London. Fallon wants to relocate to America, but he lacks a passport, and his criminal past would prevent him from getting one. Jack Meehan (Alan Bates), a British gangster who knows about Fallon's past, offers him a deal -- he can get Fallon the papers and the cash to go to America, but in return he must kill a man. A priest, Father De Costa (Bob Hoskins), witnesses Fallon committing the murder, and Fallon wants to find a way to keep De Costa quiet without putting more blood on his hands. The original director of A Prayer for the Dying, Franc Roddam, left the production midway through shooting due to disputes with the producers, and star Mickey Rourke later attempted to disassociate himself from the film. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:September 11, 1987

Cast

Mickey Rourke
as Martin Fallon
Bob Hoskins
as Father Da Costa
Alan Bates
as Jack Meehan
Sammi Davis
as Anna
Liam Neeson
as Liam Docherty
Christopher Fulford
as Billy
Alison Doody
as Siobhan Donovan
Camille Coduri
as Jenny
Ian Bartholomew
as Kristou
Mark Lambert
as Ainsley
Cliff Burnett
as Varley
Anthony Head
as Rupert
David Lumsden
as Lance
Leonard Termo
as Bonati
Maurice O'Connell
as Miller
Karl Johnson
as Fitzgerald
Peggy Aitchison
as Mrs. Orton
Stanley Beard
as Krasko
James Saxon
as Ellerman
Ken Sharrock
as Gaskin
George Shane
as O'Connor
Alan Talbot
as Barman
Ian McElhinney
as Lodger
Mark Monero
as Boy
Dave Duffy
as Publican
Margaret Wade
as Wife
Peter Needham
as Cemetery Superindentent
James Saxon
as Ellerman
Margaret Wade
as Wife
Peter Needham
as Cemetery Superindentent
Alan Talbot
as Barman
George Shane
as O'Connor
Mark Monero
as Boy
Stanley Beard
as Krasko
Maurice O'Connell
as Miller
Dave Duffy
as Publican
Ian McElhinney
as Lodger
Ken Sharrock
as Gaskin
Peggy Aitchison
as Mrs. Orton
Karl Johnson
as Fitzgerald

Crew

Mike Hodges
Director
Edmund Ward
Screenwriter
Martin Lynch
Screenwriter
Michael Garfath
Cinematographer
Bill Conti
Composer (Music Score)
Peter Boyle
Editor
Martyn Hebert
Production Designer
Evan Hercules
Production Designer
Evangeline Harrison
Costume Designer
Chris Munro
Sound/Sound Designer
Ian Scoones
Special Effects
Terry Needham
First Assistant Director
Nick Hobbs
Stunts
Colin Skeaping
Stunts
Mary Selway
Casting
Debbie McWilliams
Casting
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