A Prayer for the Dying

Synopsis: Martin Fallon is an IRA bomber who tries to blow up a troop truck but instead kills a bus load of school children. He loses heart and quits the movement and goes to London trying to leave the U.K. and start a new life. The IRA wants him back (he knows too much) and the local crime boss, Meehan, will only help him if he performs one last hit, on a rival crime boss. When Fallon does perform the hit, he is seen by a catholic priest. He refuses to kill an innocent again and must find a way to escape the police without killing the priest who can identify him.
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Director(s): Mike Hodges
Production: Virgin Vision
  1 win.
Rotten Tomatoes:
107 min

Run, Martin.

Jesus, come on.

- Where is he?

- Move!

Is that you, Martin?

Who the f*ck you think it was?


May you die in Ireland.

Isn't that what they say?


- I want my passport, now.

- You'll get it.

And no ordinary one.

Pedigree. And a safe berth

on a cargo boat to the States.


And $50,000.

- What would I have to do for all that?

- What you're good at.

- No. There'll be no more killing.

- One more makes no difference.

I said, no!

Just one.

A piece of slime.

You'll be back.

Every policeman is looking for you,

and so are your comrades in Ireland.

I'm all you've got.

You fucked that up.

Kristou did his best.

And he'll do better.

- Fallon didn't look much to me.

- He's beautiful.

The best.

I want him, Kristou.

Get him back.

How, Mr. Meehan?

You heard him.

Ring the police.

Turn Fallon in?

What if they catch him, Jack?

They won't.

They're not good enough.

Call them, Kristou.

Get out.

Let's go.

- Who you operating for?

- I'm only the driver.

Who you operating for, fellah?

Jack Meehan.

Open the boot.

Go on. Get in.

Where's that idiot, Varley?

You must be Jack Meehan.

That's right.

You've changed your mind.

No. I wanted to see the face.

So I'd know.

Leave him, Billy.

Two of a kind!

You and me!

So, what name is he using?

He's using "Fallon."


Up! Come on!

Sit down! Shut up!

Did you see anything?

Nothing here.


Slow down.

Do you think they got him?

- Ten minutes earlier, it could've been us.

- Well, it wasn't.

- You set me up.

- I had to.

It was the only way I could get you back.

For your own sake, just one more.

How many did you kill over there?


I never killed for money or favors.

Never because I enjoyed it.

There was always a reason.

All for the glorious cause.

That's fucking right.

Look where it's got you.

Now, even your own people want you dead.

Look at you.

A hunted animal.

Not a living soul who wouldn't turn you in

or put a bullet in you. Not one!

Just one more...

...and you'll be free forever.

His name's Krasko.


Murder, drugs, whores, extortion.

Same business as Jack Meehan.

Now Meehan's taking over.

You'll need another gun.

I don't think so.

Please, Martin.

I once seen some writing

on a wall in Derry...

...that said:

"Is there a life before death?"

They'll make me turn you again, Martin.

I know it.

It's either his life...

...or yours.

All this killing...

...that seems to follow me about.

Excuse me.

For God's sake, no.

"Go forth, Christian soul...

"...from this world in the name of God...

"...the Almighty Father,

who suffered for thee.

"In the name of the Holy Ghost..."

- Is Krasko dead?

- Yeah, but he was seen.

There was a priest there, Father Da Costa.

He saw Fallon plain as day.

But Fallon just walked away, let him be.

- Where's Fallon now?

- At Da Costa's church.

He's going to kill him there, then.

In his own church.

Nice touch.


Who's there?

You play lovely music.

But that trumpet stop is a reed.

It's out of tune because it's damp.

Try leaving it in.

Have you been playing long?

Not long enough.

The parish priest doesn't mind...

...which isn't surprising. He's my uncle.

Are you waiting for him?

I suppose so.

He's at a funeral.

He'll be back soon.

I hope you're not leaving because of me.


I have to go.

Look after yourself.

I'm sure he used a Ceska

fitted with a silencer.

It's a Czech gun.

Terrorists use them quite a lot.

I was in the military.

Army Chaplain?


Doesn't sound like one of Meehan's men.

Jack Meehan.

Makes him look like St. Francis.

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