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A Prayer For the Dying

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Movie, 1987, crime, U.K., directed by Mike Hodges. Written by Edmund Ward, Martin Lynch. 104 mins.

Cast: Mickey Rourke (Martin Fallon), Alan Bates (Jack Meehan), Bob Hoskins (Father Da Costa), Sammi Davis (Anna), Christopher Fulford (Billy), Liam Neeson (Liam Docherty), Alison Doody (Siobhan Donovan), Camille Coduri (Jenny), Ian Bartholomew, Mark Lambert, Cliff Burnett, Anthony Head (Rupert), David Lumsden, Leonard Termo


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    Synopsis/Review (from Halliwell's Film Guide): An ex-IRA gunman feels unable to silence a priest witness of a killing, and confesses his sins instead. Convoluted melodrama which kills its chances as a thriller by striving to say something meaningful. Director Mike Hodges disowned the version released.

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  • Filmrutan, 1987: "Tystat vittne," by H. Lundstrom. illus, review. 3:34-35.
  • Revue du Cinema, 1987: "L'Irlandais," by F. Chevassu. credits. :80 hors serie 34.
  • Film Journal, September 1987: "A Prayer for the Dying," by K. Lally. 90:55-6.
  • Variety, September 9, 1987: "A Prayer for the Dying," by Lor (L.L. Cohn). credits, review. 328:14, 16.
  • New York Post, September 11, 1987. Review by Roger Ebert. p27.
  • New York Times, September 11, 1987: "Film: A Prayer for the Dying," by J. Maslin. credits, still. 136:C11.
  • Washington Post, September 11, 1987. Review by Hal Hinson. p.B1.
  • Newsweek, September 14, 1987: "The Arts: movies: who planted this terrorist bomb?" by David Ansen. 110:83.
  • Village Voice, September 15, 1987: "Film: In Cold Blood," by J. Hoberman. stills. 32:63.
  • New Republic, September 28, 1987: "Stanley Kauffman on films: disorderly conduct," by Stanley Kauffman. 197:26-7.
  • Premiere, October 1987: "Lurid docudrama and 10-ton symbolism: 'A Prayer for the Dying,'" by P. Rainer. still. 1:77.
  • Boxoffice, November 1987: "A Prayer for the Dying," by K. Turnquist. credits. 123:bet p. 26 and 35 [pR98-9].
  • EPD Film, December 1987: "Auf den Schweiger des Todes," by H. Gerhold. credits, still. 4:40.
  • Revue du Cinema, January 1988. "L'Irlandais," by F.Chevassu. short review. n434:36-37.
  • Film en Televisie + Video, January 1988: "A Prayer for the Dying:de wroening van een terrorist," by W. Swinnen. credits, still, review. n368:24.
  • Positif, January 1988: "L'Irlandais," by L. Vachaud. n323:73-74.
  • Grand Angle, February 1988: "L'Irlandais," by P. Noel. bibliog, credits, stills. 15:[9-10] (n. 102).
  • Levende Billender, February 1988: "Messe for en morder," by K. Buchardt. credits, still. 4:49.
  • Kosmorama, Spring 1988: "Gud og djaevelen i Nordirland," by S. Hyldgaard. credits, short review. 34:37 (n183).
  • Monthly Film Bulletin, May 1988: "A Prayer for the Dying," by T. Pulleine. credits, still, review. 55:146-47.
  • Films and Filming, May 1988: "A Prayer for the Dying," by C.Hutchison. illus. :404, p. 26. Interview with British actress Sammi Davis on her preference for the altered version of "A Prayer for the Dying." Plus, a part in Ken Russell's next film.
  • Listener, May 12, 1988: "Autumn Manoeuvres," by M. Walters. 119:42. illus, review.
  • Sequences, June 1988. "L'Irlandais," by D. Benjamin. credits, stills, review. n134:63-64.
  • Los Angeles Times, September 11, 1988. Review by Michael Wilmington. Calendar:21.
  • Motion Picture Guide Annual 1988. Review. p. 230.
  • Metro, Spring 1989: "Paradigm of 'Bourke St.' and the 'Art-House,'" by G. Fitzgerald. still. n80:17.
  • Iskusstvo Kino, 1992. "Predmertnoe vozdaianie," by S. Kudriavtsev. n6:147-148.
  • Movie Guide: Movie Database.


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    Rupert in dark suit (funeral home)

    Rupert in light grey suit with gun

    Rupert in birthday suit

    Rupert in birthday suit (rear view)