To Kill a Priest (1988) - Rotten Tomatoes

To Kill a Priest (1988)




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This internationally-produced political drama tells the tragic true tale of a Polish priest who is martyred for his defiant support of the Solidarity movement in 1984. The tale is set in Warsaw on December 24, 1981 when martial law has just been instated. Stefan, a devoted Party member and militia captain, leads a death squad assigned to execute the troublesome Father Alek, the out-spoken, charismatic supporter of Solidarity. Though Stefan has no choice but to follow orders, he cannot help but feel moved by the stirring words of the courageous priest.

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Ed Harris
as Stefan
Joss Ackland
as Colonel
Tim Roth
as Feliks
Tom Radcliffe
as Young Soldier
Gregor Fisher
as Fr. Irek
Matyelok Gibbs
as Colonel's Wife
Brian Glover
as Minister
Paul Crauchet
as Alek's Father
Janine Darcey
as Alek's Mother
Wojciech Pszoniak
as Bridge Player
Anne-Marie Pisani
as Colonel's Secretary
Jerome Flynn
as Militia Man
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Critic Reviews for To Kill a Priest

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (2)

In short, this is not a bad film. But it isn't the one that could and possibly should have been made.

August 16, 2021 | Full Review…

To Kill a Priest is a movie of great, almost crushing, sincerity, but it is so ineptly made that scene after scene strikes the wrong note, or no note at all.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

The initial steps of To Kill a Priest are quite absorbing, generating an effective tension and historical purpose that sustains throughout the picture.

July 22, 2011 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

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