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A Prayer Before Dawn (2017)

R | | Action | 19 May 2017 (France)
Based on the true life experience of Billy Moore who survived his Thai prison ordeal by becoming a Muay Thai boxing champion.

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Billy Moore
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Officer Preecha
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Keng
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Pornchanok Mabklang ...
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Billy Moore
Somlock Kamsing ...
Suthin
Sakda Niamhom ...
Saiyok
Chaloemporn Sawatsuk ...
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Sura Sirmalai ...
Chanachol
Komsan Polsan ...
Patumsuk
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Based on the true life experience of Billy Moore who survived his Thai prison ordeal by becoming a Muay Thai boxing champion.

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Rated R for strong violence including a brutal rape sequence, drug use and language throughout, some sexual content and nudity
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Une prière avant l'aube  »

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The inmates in the film are all played by real ex-inmates who have served time in Thai prisons. See more »

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a trip to a hell and not quite back
10 October 2017 | by See all my reviews

Really intense prison-/boxing-/survival-drama. Its shocking, uncomfortable and harsh. Fortunately I have never been to a Prison like that but It felt so real. Where did they find all these tattooed thugs? The characters are all believable and the cinematography is original. You can see an impressive "oner" during the first fight in the ring. There is very little dialog and the subtitles for are absent for most of the time. I suspect this is done on purpose to make us feel like the protagonist Billy Moore. The sound design is great! The panting is loud during some of the scenes and the clashing, sweaty bodies in the fights sound just fantastic! The only complaint that I have is that it felt a bit long because it got a little repetitive, especially during the training sessions.


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