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To Kill a Priest Details

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One of the first films by Polish director Agnieszka Holland to gain international acclaim, this drama is a joint French-American production based loosely on the real-life story of the dissident Polish priest Jerzy Popieluszko. In the early 1980s, as the democracy and labor movement known as Solidarity was challenging Soviet authority in Poland, an outspoken priest, Father Alek (Christopher Lambert), defies martial law and continues to rally followers around the cause of Solidarity. The Soviet-controlled Polish government enlists a police official, Stefan (Ed Harris), to stop the priest. Stefan, a devoted party follower, finds that the only way he can silence Father Alek is to have him killed. Along the way, however, the priest has a profound influence on Stefan. Among those in minor roles are Joanne Whalley-Kilmer, Pete Postlethwaite, and Tim Roth. Holland would go on to direct The Secret Garden and Washington Square. ~ Michael Betzold, Rovi

  • Release date:October 13, 1989

Crew

Agnieszka Holland
Director
Jean-Pierre Alessandri
Producer
Timothy Burrill
Producer
Jean-Yves Pitoun
Screenwriter
Agnieszka Holland
Screenwriter
Joan Baez
Songwriter
Zbigniew Preisner
Composer (Music Score)
Georges Delerue
Composer (Music Score)
Giuseppe Verdi
Featured Music
Hervé de Luze
Editor
Emile Ghigo
Production Designer
Emile Ghigo
Art Director
Jean-Pierre Alessandri
Executive Producer
Anna Sheppard
Costume Designer
Mic Cheminal
Costume Designer
Gerard Lamps
Sound/Sound Designer
Daniel Brisseau
Sound/Sound Designer
Jean-Charles Drevel
Special Effects
Michel Cheyko
First Assistant Director
Daniel Breton
Stunts
Margot Capelier
Casting
Priscilla John
Casting
Didier Lavergne
Makeup
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