To Kill a Priest

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]

To Kill a Priest
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Theatrical release poster
Directed byAgnieszka Holland
Written byAgnieszka Holland (screenplay)
Michael Cooper (English adaptation)
Jean-Yves Pitoun
StarringChristopher Lambert
Ed Harris
CinematographyAdam Holender
Edited byHervé de Luze
Music byGeorges Delerue
Distributed byAMLF (France)[1]
Columbia Pictures (International)
Release dates
September 7, 1988 (France)
October 13, 1989 (USA)
Running time
117 minutes



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 responseEdit

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]


  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
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