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A Prayer Before Dawn (2017)

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The true story of an English boxer incarcerated in one of Thailand's most notorious prisons as he fights in Muay Thai tournaments to earn his freedom.

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Billy Moore (based on the memoir by), Jonathan Hirschbein (screenplay by) | 1 more credit »
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Credited cast:
Joe Cole ... Billy Moore
Vithaya Pansringarm ... Officer Preecha
Pornchanok Mabklang Pornchanok Mabklang ... Fame
Panya Yimmumphai ... Keng
Billy Moore Billy Moore ... Billy Moore's Father
Sonephet Inthisome Sonephet Inthisome ... Tiffany
Nicolas Shake ... Doctor
Rex Basbas Rex Basbas ... Lady Boy
Russel Galupo Russel Galupo ... Lady Boy
Somlock Kamsing Somlock Kamsing ... Trainer
Sura Sirmalai Sura Sirmalai ... Chanachol
Sakda Niamhom Sakda Niamhom ... Saiyok
Tanipol Kamjun Tanipol Kamjun ... Lek
Nichakran Nabumrung Nichakran Nabumrung ... Gogo Girl
Ardune Nudchanard Ardune Nudchanard ... Guard
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Billy Moore, an English boxer, down on his luck, addicted to Ya Ba, and stuck in Thailand, ends up getting arrested and sent to Chiang Mai Prison, where he struggles to survive and eventually ends up fighting in Muay Tai boxing tournaments. Written by Gabe Hernandez

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The fight starts from inside See more »


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Rated R for strong violence including a brutal rape sequence, drug use and language throughout, some sexual content and nudity | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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UK | France | China | Cambodia | USA | Germany

Language:

English | Thai

Release Date:

10 August 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Prayer Before Dawn See more »

Filming Locations:

Nakhon Pathom, Thailand See more »

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2.35 : 1
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It is based upon a memoir written by Billy Moore. See more »

Goofs

In an early fight, Billy's left ear is injured (outside near top cut open) and after is shown being sown together by Thai inmate: latter shots showing same ear have no sign of such / healing / scar or (probable) likes injury: of note, when the real B. Moore turns up as a visitor (as his own father) at the end, it is clear that his (real Billy) left ear (outside top) is missing. See more »

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Performed by Scott Morgan as Loscil
Composed by Scott Morgan
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Too much prison, too little Billy Moore
23 September 2018 | by hello-81002See all my reviews

Great photography, very good direction, good editing. If you were to watch this movie without knowing it is inspired to a portion of life of someone, you could think it is a sort of visually satisfying mockumentary about Thailandese prisons. Joe Cole does a great job, but it is not enough to save the movie from itself: too tight, too monotonous, too didactic. Just like the prison it portrays. Cole is left alone, in isolation, trying to portray Billy Moore. But the writing keeps everything two-dimensional: a lot of things happen during the movie, but somehow they pass Billy and us by.


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