To Kill a Priest 1989 R CC

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From Polish director Agnieszka Holland comes the suspenseful and politically charged drama TO KILL A PRIEST. Based on the 1984 murder of priest and Solidarity supporter Jerzy Popieluszko, who was beaten and drowned by Polish security police. This compelling film stars Ed Harris and Christopher Lambert.

Starring:
Christopher Lambert, Ed Harris
Runtime:
1 hour, 58 minutes

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Genres Drama, Thriller
Director Agnieszka Holland
Starring Christopher Lambert, Ed Harris
Supporting actors Joss Ackland, Tim Roth, Timothy Spall, Pete Postlethwaite, Cherie Lunghi, Joanne Whalley, David Suchet, Charlie Condou, Tom Radcliffe, Wojciech Pszoniak, Johnny Allen, George Birt, André Chaumeau, Paul Crauchet, Janine Darcey, Huguette Faget, Gregor Fisher, Jerome Flynn
Studio Columbia Pictures
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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Very sad and very moving.
catherine biddle
In this case it was the evil that existed in six union thugs who were eventually sentenced to life in prison for the murder.
D. Demro
If this movie will not make you think of Lambert as an actor, nothing will.
Phlegyas

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Phlegyas on May 7, 2002
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I sincerely never thought much of C. Lambert. For me he was a great Highlander and never would he be nothing more. Then one day I watched To Kill a Priest, mainly because I highly respect Harris' acting abilities. The movie raised some strong emotions within me and seriously I am not one of those crying when watching movies. I am not one of those that went for Titanic and never was I moved by Holywood's sad tales. This one did move me though and perhaps I am being over-emotional with my 4-star rating but I believe that it is highly deserved. If this movie will not make you think of Lambert as an actor, nothing will.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By D. Demro on July 21, 2013
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Father Jerzy Popieluszko was a Roman Catholic priest from Communist Poland who courageously spoke out against the persecution of the Polish people and was outspoken in his support of the Solidarity movement that was sweeping the unions in the 1980s. When the Communists saw their lies were not resonating with the Polish people, it was a Catholic priest they feared most. A Catholic priest who spoke the truth and helped his people to see the lies and distortion that so often are associated with the evil of Communism. In the end, the Communists chose to do what they do best - use force, intimidation and finally murder to silence the voice of the people. On October 19, 1984 Father Popieluszko was kidnapped by three agents of the Polish Communist Internal Intelligence Agency. He was severely beaten, then bound with rope and thrown into a reservoir where his body was recovered 11 days later. Father Popieluszko has since been recognized as a martyr by the Catholic Church and on June 6, 2010 he was beatified.

I remember quite clearly reading about the brutal murder of this priest in Reader's Digest at the time it took place. I was horrified by the sheer brutality of the beating of Father Popieluszko before they finally hung a rope around his neck that had a weight tied to the other end, and while still alive, they threw him into a waterway where he died. What is most ironic is how just a few short years later, in this same paper mill just feet from where I was seated at the time I read this story, a friend and fellow co-worker was brutally beaten, had a rope tied around his neck that was attached to a weight, and was thrown in a pulp vat to die because he too chose to take a stand against evil.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sheri Richardson on February 14, 2008
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Excellent performances abound. Christopher Lambert in one of his early acting (rather than more recent "movie star") roles. Joss Ackland is his stalwart, dependable best. But it's Ed Harris's flick, one for the portfolio, at a time when he was still (largely) flying under everyone's radar. This reviewer's introduction to Tim Roth and Pete Postlethwaite, as well. Memorable stuff.

Looking forward to seeing director Holland's fine Solidarity tale on a remastered, anamorphic widescreen DVD.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Karen A. Purewal on November 27, 1999
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The movie is based on the murder of a Polish dissident Catholic priest two decades ago as the Poles formed Solidarnosz in protest against the communist gevernment. The film is gritty and spare,mirroring the country at the time. Christopher Lambert is wonderfully believable as the priest who would do anything to help his countrymen while putting aside his own feelings of love,despair,fear,insecurity,and rage. His arch rival is a demented psychotic who is torn between his own deep religious feelings and the need for power and control by killing and destruction. The backdrop of schizophrenic Eastern Europe's political conflict,accurately portrayed on the streets,in the homes,and in the churches,add to the tense richness of this film. One of Lambert's better films,this is a must see for those who bask in a country where religious and political freedom is taken for granted. Lambert's Father Alex reminds us that it has not been so long ago that a man could be tortured and killed for his beliefs,and it could happen in this country if we yawn and ignore the strident voices of the religious right wing holding hands with the political right.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Luis A. Madiedo on January 10, 2008
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I think it is a very good movie. It is based on real facts, in times of communism in Poland and it shows the strong catholic faith of the people there and how that would play an important role in the fall of communism.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By KerrLines on January 9, 2007
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TO KILL A PRIEST has all the makings for a really great movie;an outstanding director in Agnieska Holland (Europa,Europa,Secret Garden,Copying Beethoven),a worthy subject matter about human struggle,and fine actors in Lambert,Harris,Auckland,Roth,Spall and Postlethwaite.Then why was I so disappointed?I can only point to the fact that all of the actors were the wrong choices for the roles.I simply could not buy any of them as authentic-especially Lambert, who brought no umpf to the radical,government defying priest.Harris,who in later years overwhelms us with his performances in THE HOURS and THE TRUMAN SHOW, seems to not be sure who and what he is supposed to be.Because the actors and director all are from different nationalities I can surmise that something was lost in translation.The one thing I did enjoy was the opening and closing solidarity song so beautifully sung by Joan Baez.All of the above mentioned people have moved on to do outstanding work in their perspective fields,but this film seemed more to be a learning experience for all of them.Still, the information about the problems that Poland faced before their break with Communism makes the film worth one viewing.I would suggest the Danish film DAENS which IMO is far superior when recounting a priest's struggle with the Church and Government.
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