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A Prayer For The Dying [DVD]

Mickey Rourke , Bob Hoskins , Mike Hodges    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Mickey Rourke, Bob Hoskins, Alan Bates, Sammi Davis, Christopher Fulford
  • Directors: Mike Hodges
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Dutch, French, Italian, English, German
  • Dubbed: French, German, Italian, Spanish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English, German
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 23 May 2005
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007URSUI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 30,393 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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An IRA hitman (Mickey Rourke), sick of killing innocent people, escapes to England and contacts a big time criminal (Alan Bates), who says he will help him on the condition that he commits one more murder. He carries out the execution, but is seen by an ex-SAS priest (Bob Hoskins). Rourke falls in love with the priest's blind niece, which doesn't make things any easier when the IRA and the police begin to close in on him.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a prayer for the dying 4 Sep 2013
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some great proformances from stars in thier early careers a film that should have gotten more credit. good good good
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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This is an amazing film about a bad man looking for redemption in a world where his beliefs have turned him into a spiritually bereft monster. Rourke is at the peak of his powers here and still has his looks before his ill advised foray into the world of professional boxing. Bob Hoskins embellishes his repution as east London hard knock by playing ex special forces vicar dishing out beatings to all and sundry with typical aplomb.

A star studded cast makes this a film that will not lie down and die along with many of its 80's contemporaries.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great British 1987 movie 25 Aug 2008
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Ben Dinsdale " There's no reason for killing or dying anymore. What's more, there's no reason for living!"
Anna: "That's a terrible thing to say!"

A Prayer For The Dying features what might very well be the most effective opening scene in all of cinema. Practically nothing is said, yet as the viewer you know exactly what is happening. It perfectly sets up the rest of the film. What happens? A ragged band of IRA punks in Northern Ireland have a bomb rigged to go off when some British Army jeeps drive by on patrol. Unexpectedly, and unfortunately, a school bus carrying about a dozen 10-year-old girls passes the army vehicles. Kaboom. Both Rourke and his best friend Docherty (Liam Neeson) are disgusted by their misstep.

I picked up "A Prayer for the Dying" in a charity shop recently. It was a great purchase as I have always been a fan of Rourke until he decided to commit professional suicide with garbage like FTW and Wild Orchid. Rourke is one of the most underrated actors in the business, or at least he was until he took up professional boxing in 1990 and had his beautiful face re-arranged in the ring.

Upon viewing this Mike Hodge (Get Carter) film I enjoyed it from start to finish as Rourke gives an absolutly moving performance as an hit man wanting to give up his evil ways. I know that that has been used as a plot for a hundred movies, but this is easily one of the better of those films.

Bob Hoskins is competent as Fr DaCosta. Alan Bates could read the phone book and I'd enjoy his work. This 1987 movie is deeply atmospheric, yet unpretentious, it is one of those all too rare films in which the characters are truly believable. Set in mid eighties London amidst the paranoia of the troubles in Northern Ireland; the traumatised former terrorist attempts to escape his violent lifestyle, hindered by a blackmailing local gangster.

"I'll see you in Hell Jack."
8/10.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Prayer for the dying 16 May 2005
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
An excellent film. Superb acting from Mickey Rourke and supporting cast. Alan Bates is brilliant as the gangster who uses a Funeral Parlour as his cover. Thoroughly watchable from beginning to end and the music at the end is lovely.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent film 17 Jun 2014
By Honey
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Mickey Rourke is a first class actor who along makes this film work.
A rather sad tale based around the IRA.
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5.0 out of 5 stars prayer for the dying 22 Sep 2010
By terry
Format:DVD
top film had this on video and seen the dvd must have in your collection gripping film with good story
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still a Great film,with a twist 18 Sep 2009
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Rourke..plays an I:R:A terrorist,bombs a bus with children,by mistake, in shame he escapes to england,,,Here he meets Bob Hoskins in the rolle of ex-sas.soldier Now catholic priest..Hoskins takes the battle for Rourkes troubled and lost soul up..A great perfomance from both actors...A film well worth seeing and owning
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "I'll see ya in hell Jack". 23 Nov 2008
Format:DVD
Ben Dinsdale " There's no reason for killing or dying anymore. What's more, there's no reason for living!"
Anna: "That's a terrible thing to say!"

A Prayer For The Dying features what might very well be the most effective opening scene in all of cinema. Practically nothing is said, yet as the viewer you know exactly what is happening. It perfectly sets up the rest of the film. What happens? A ragged band of IRA punks in Northern Ireland have a bomb rigged to go off when some British Army jeeps drive by on patrol. Unexpectedly, and unfortunately, a school bus carrying about a dozen 10-year-old girls passes the army vehicles. Kaboom. Both Rourke and his best friend Docherty (Liam Neeson) are disgusted by their misstep.

I picked up "A Prayer for the Dying" in a charity shop recently. It was a great purchase as I have always been a fan of Rourke until he decided to commit professional suicide with garbage like Wild Orchid. Rourke is one of the most underrated actors in the business, or at least he was until he took up professional boxing in 1990 and had his beautiful face re-arranged in the ring.

Upon viewing this Mike Hodge (Get Carter) film I enjoyed it from start to finish as Rourke gives an absolutly moving performance as an hit man wanting to give up his evil ways. I know that that has been used as a plot for a hundred movies, but this is easily one of the better of those films.

Bob Hoskins is competent as Fr DaCosta. Alan Bates could read the phone book and I'd enjoy his work. This 1987 movie is deeply atmospheric, yet unpretentious, it is one of those all too rare films in which the characters are truly believable. Set in mid eighties London amidst the paranoia of the troubles in Northern Ireland; the traumatised former terrorist attempts to escape his violent lifestyle, hindered by a blackmailing local gangster.

"I'll see you in Hell Jack."
8/10.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Unconvincing...
.. and hopelessly miscast. Bob Hoskins as an ex SAS catholic priest (erm dont think so on either level), Alan Bates as an East End gangster !! Read more
Published 17 months ago by Barry Wom
4.0 out of 5 stars GOOD
A WELL UNDERRATED FILM - Mr ROOKE'S ACTING IN THIS FILM IS HIS FINEST - THOUGH HIS NORTHERN IRISH ACCENT FAILS SOMETIMES BUT IT IS STILL A GOOD FILM.
Published 20 months ago by paddymccarty-uk
4.0 out of 5 stars One of Rourkes best performances.
Considering this movie is from 1987 it stands its time extremely well.Martin Fallon(Mickey Rourke) is on a mission with his best pal played by Liam Neeson and a compatriot who... Read more
Published on 8 Mar 2011
3.0 out of 5 stars 1980's thriller enjoyable for what it is
Saw this back in it's original release & thought it was enjoyable enough to revisit.

Nice wide screen copy with no extras, never an issue for me. Read more
Published on 31 Jan 2010 by Andy B
2.0 out of 5 stars A Prayer for the Audience
Mickey is a great actor and I am a great fan of his. His acting in this film is excellent. But the story is derived and implausible, his co-actors are on stand-by and the director... Read more
Published on 27 July 2009 by Spin
5.0 out of 5 stars DVD film
I loved this film I just had to buy a copy, it has a good star cast with superb acting
Published on 30 April 2009 by J. Lucas
5.0 out of 5 stars No Complaints!
Got this for my daughter who has developed an affection for Mickey! Good price , good delivery time , good everything , in fact. Thanks. 80)
Published on 9 Mar 2009 by Mr. P. J. Whimster
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