To Kill a Priest

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To Kill a Priest
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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Agnieszka Holland
Screenplay byAgnieszka Holland
Jean-Yves Pitoun
Story byAgnieszka Holland
Produced by Jean-Pierre Alessandri
Starring Christopher Lambert
Ed Harris
David Suchet
Tim Roth
Joanne Whalley
Pete Postlethwaite
Cherie Lunghi
Joss Ackland
Cinematography Adam Holender
Edited by Hervé de Luze
Music by Georges Delerue
Distributed by AMLF (France) [1]
Columbia Pictures (International)
Release dates
September 7, 1988 (France)
October 13, 1989 (USA)
Running time
117 minutes

To Kill a Priest is a 1988 drama film directed by Agnieszka Holland. The film tells a story based on the murder, under the Polish communist regime, of priest Jerzy Popiełuszko. [2] It stars Christopher Lambert as a fictionalized version of Popiełuszko and Ed Harris as the secret police captain set to assassinate him. [3]




The CD soundtrack composed and conducted by Georges Delerue is available on Music Box Records label (website). The main theme, "Crimes of Cain", was written and performed by Joan Baez.


Critical response

To Kill a Priest has an approval rating of 67% on review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, based on 6 reviews, and an average rating of 5.8/10. [4]

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  1. "To Kill a Priest (1988)". UniFrance . Retrieved 26 November 2021.
  2. To Kill a priest review, Entertainment Weekly, April 6, 1990
  3. To Kill a Priest at AllMovie