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Wire in the Blood: Prayer of the Bone


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  • Actors: Robson Green, Tom Nowicki, Julio Cedillo, Brad Hawkins, Dell Johnson
  • Directors: Declan O’Dwyer
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Koch Vision
  • DVD Release Date: August 5, 2008
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00199PPEC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #154,490 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Wire in the Blood: Prayer of the Bone" on IMDb

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When an accused rapist confesses to brutally slaughtering his family in a small Texas town, renowned clinical psychologist Dr. Tony Hill (Robson Green) is called from across the Atlantic to testify as an expert witness. Alone in a strange country, Tony finds himself at the center of a maelstrom of controversy, cover-ups and capital punishment. There are dark secrets in the town, and someone is willing to kill to keep them buried.

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Prayer of the Bone is the full-length feature following the fifth season of crime drama Wire In the Blood. Though it cinematically has that made-for-TV feel, Prayer of the Bone is a fast-paced mystery questioning the guilt or innocence of Darius Grady (Brad Hawkins), convicted of killing his wife, Loren (Nicole Lin Taylor), and two kids, Jake, and Lucy. Chalking Grady's insanity up to the Post Traumatic Stress Disorder he acquired from wartime events in Iraq, Wire In the Blood's star, Dr. Tony Hill (Robson Green), is flown to the U.S. from England to examine Grady's mental status, finding discontinuities in the seemingly tied-up court case. Hill takes on Grady's attorney, Ray Decosio (Drew Waters), and Decosio's assistant, Anita Addison (Naima Imani Lett), to discover that Grady has endured some disturbing mistreatments. Based on a Val McDermid novel, Prayer of the Bone paints a heroic portrait of the criminal psychologist that has solved so many cases in previous television episodes. Though some of the drama's characters are specific to the film, Dr. Hill does daily retreat to his motel room to speak by phone to his confidant, detective inspector, Alex Fielding (Simone Lahbib), much in the way Agent Cooper dictated to Diane during episodes of the wonderful Twin Peaks. Though Wire In the Blood does offer a portion of the intrigue that Twin Peaks generated in its heyday, Dr. Hill is a much less mysterious character than Cooper, and as the criminal details are revealed plot simplifies quickly. Still, Prayer to the Bone is unique in its topical coverage of veteran syndrome, PTSD, which lends it merit for tackling an important subject matter. --Trinie Dalton

Customer Reviews

Again, extremely well done.
phantomfan
If you like a psychological police drama, you won't be disappointed.
Jack E. Levic
A must see if you like English murder mysteries!
Mark Prescott

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Compusurge on May 27, 2008
Format: DVD
As a Wire in the Blood fan for eons, I can tell you first hand that if you are not already hooked on the series, "Prayer of the Bone" is a super way to introduce yourself. But beware... watch this one-off and you'll likely be buying full seasons going forward.
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Koch Vision presents "WIRE IN THE BLOOD: PRAYER OF THE BONE" (7 January 2008) (90 mins/Color) (Dolby Digital) --- Only the first two episodes of the first series, "Mermaids Singing" and "Shadows Rising", are based on McDermid's books, the rest having been written by others. However, the second episode of series four, "Torment", is an adaptation of McDermid's novel "The Torment of Others" --- The series has appeared in America on the cable channel BBC America, in Australia on the public channel ABC, in France on NT1, in Germany on ZDF, in Brazil on HBO and in South-East Asia on the cable channel the Hallmark Channel

Wire In The Blood is an ITV television series, based on characters created by Val McDermid, which teams a university clinical psychologist, Dr.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Orianos on October 6, 2008
Format: DVD
I own the complete set of Wire in the Blood and it is one of the best psychological crime dramas I've ever watched. Robson Green is magnificent as Tony Hill the Criminal Psychologist who profiles criminals and murders. I'm also a big fan of Criminal Minds, but Wire in the Blood is more explicit and raw at times and it keeps you rivited to your seat. For people who are into crime series and especially the psychological aspect of the criminal mind you don't get any better than Tony Hill.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Poppyx TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 1, 2010
Format: DVD
Three years ago, I was hurrying into court in Caldwell County; there was a man in a beige sweater, in the unbelievable heat and humidity, pacing on the sidewalk, talking to himself rapidly. I thought, "Oh no, another one of our clients." I noticed there was a film crew around the back side of the old Caldwell Courthouse, but didn't think anything of it.

A few days later, I saw the same person on a pedestrian walkway in Austin; I think I glared. Apparently, Robson Green is so good that he appears to be a crazy Englishman even all by himself in the middle of Texas. At the time, I had no idea who he was.

If you're a Wire in the Blood Fan, you'll know why to watch this. If you're not a fan, you should be. However, if you're even a Texas fan, it's really pretty fun to play, "Spot the location" with this. That I could count, they used the Smitty's Barbecue side of the old Caldwell County courthouse for the opening shots; a motel in Elgin; part of the Houston ship channel for a shot over a bayou on the edge of a refinery; the first floor of the Giddings Courthouse for a police station; the arches of a building in Comal County or San Antonio; multiple floors of the old Caldwell Courthouse; a metal bridge on Eskew in Bastrop that is usually closed to cars; a long, contemplative sweep of the fields next to 71 as you drive to Bastrop from South Austin; the view from the cupola in the State Capitol; Congress Avenue circa 2007, before all the condos; even the Travis County jail, before the expansion.

This is a really incredible compendium of South and Southeast Texas film locations. If you live here, watch it for that alone. (And I'm sorry for glaring.)
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By phantomfan on August 22, 2008
Format: DVD
There are many wonderful things about this brilliantly unique episode of the "Wire in the Blood" series, which takes the fish-out-of-water concept and pushes it to almost painful extremes.

It's physically uncomfortable seeing our beloved Dr. Tony Hill out of his native soggy England (where he is strange enough) and sweltering in a Texas summer, surrounded by people who not only don't know him (and don't want him), but don't have the slightest idea how his mind works. Without allies, Tony doggedly pursues the truth in what appears to be a cut-and-dry triple murder when he begins to see discrepencies that no one else sees. The resolution is a little disappointing, but getting there, as always, is a fantastic and bizarre ride, Tony Hill style.

I especially enjoyed seeing America (even Texas, which is sort of its own entity) through the eyes of the Brits, and it was so well done than even as an American I felt very out of place; Tony wasn't the one with the accent, everyone else was. The over-bright lighting, visuals of fans in every room, and the sarcastic Texas-y music in the background gave it an incredibly foreign "feel." Extremely well done.

Tony is even more eccentric and unpredicable than usual, and even attempts the occassional joke, which is very rare for him. The setting of this episode naturally gives rise to more humor than usual, although of an entirely non-comedic kind. It is all the fish-out-of-water moments, the clashing of two magnificently different cultures, that make us laugh while we squirm uncomfortably for our bemused hero. Again, extremely well done.

This is not the best story, but it's a mediocre story told exceptionally well. A true must-see for any fan of the series.

Two things puzzle me, though. Why the title? And what DOES he carry around in that blue pastic bag?
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