A Prayer for the Dying (1987)

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When an attack on a British army patrol in Northern Ireland goes wrong, resulting in the deaths of a bus load of school children, and sickened by the futility of his role as an IRA volunteer Martin Fallon (Mickey Rourke) wants out of the organization and goes on the run in England. Fallon is intent on getting away to America and is promised money and a passport by a London crime boss, Jack Meehan (Alan Bates) if he carries out a hit for him. With both the IRA and British police closing in on him he is forced to undertake the hit but it is witnessed by a priest, Father Da Costa (Bob Hoskins) ……….

I watched this one last night as part of yet another Netfix FREE trial and despite low expectations was more than satisfied.  A strong plot with good casting in the key roles – Mickey Rourke is excellent as the reluctant IRA hitman; Alan Bates and Christopher Fulford are particularly menacing as the London gangster brothers; and Bob Hoskins is, well, Bob Hoskins and turns in a respectable performance as the SAS man turned Roman Catholic priest. Liam Neeson and Alison Doody are good as the IRA team in London to track down and bring Fallon back to Northern Ireland.

Filmed in England – London.

Available on DVD.

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