Directed by Agniezska Holland, this gripping and chilling drama is based on the true story of political unrest in Poland prior to the fall of communism and Father Jerzy Popieluszko, the Solidarity chaplain who was murdered by the secret police in 1984. Christopher Lambert is Father Alek, a Polish labor union chaplain at Saint Sebastian's church in Warsaw. All gathered within the great church adore him, save one – the police captain, Stefan (Ed Harris), who believes this priest who dares to mix prayers with politics is a threat to his country. Stefan sets him up for harboring a deserter, but his plan is foiled when his commanding officer (Joss Ackland) releases Alek. For his part, Alek is warned by his bishop to abandon his political activities or be sent to Rome. Undauted by his initial failure and with the covert support of his superiors, Stefan devises a more effective way of dealing with the "threat".
To kill a priest
Réalisation : Agnieszka Holland
Scénario : Jean-Yves Pitoun, Agnieszka Holland, Michael Cooper
Musique : Georges Delerue
Durée : 1h 57min
Sortie : septembre 1988
Avec Christophe Lambert, Ed Harris, Joss Ackland, Tim Roth, Timothy Spall, Pete Postlethwaite, Cherie Lunghi, Joanne Whalley, David Suchet, Charles Condou, Wojciech Pszoniak, André Chaumeau, Paul Crauchet, Janine Darcey, Brian Glover, Gregor Fisher, Matyelok Gibbs, Nicolas Serreau, Vincent Grass, Johnny Allen, Raoul Delfosse, Eric Duret, Huguette Faget, Anne-Marie Pisani, Jean-Pierre Stewart, Hanna Sylberg
This film is beautiful. The story is very good, the actors (and there are some great people) are perfect, the music is sublime. These two hours pass very quickly that film being really taking (don't have the translation for french "prenant"). I will not hide that I do not know what to write otherwise it is a film that I strongly recommend.