A Prayer Before Dawn is a 2017 drama biopic film directed by Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire.
Altitude Films on Monday, April 16, 2018 released the trailer:
A PRAYER BEFORE DAWN - UK TRAILER - ON BLU-RAY & DVD MONDAY.
Billy Moore, a young British boxer and troubled Ya ba addict, is arrested in Thailand and charged with possession of stolen goods and a firearm. Incarcerated into Chiang Mai prison, he is quickly subjugated to the horrors of Thai prison life, including being moved into a crowded mass cell ruled by cell boss Keng, forced to sleep next to a corpse and witnessing at knifepoint the brutal rape of a fellow inmate. Billy's experiences with the other prisoners and personnel are tense, and at one point he goes into a violent frenzy and bites into the neck of a prison guard after being refused painkillers. Following his punishment, he befriends transgender prisoner Fame. Life in prison worsens for Billy, and he retreats into heavy Ya ba abuse; he subsequently beats two Muslim chefs half to death after being bribed by a corrupt prison guard. Billy's psyche finally breaks and he attempts suicide by slitting his wrist, though he survives. With a desperate need to fight again and battle his demons, he eventually joins the boxing team with the help of Fame, whom he later develops a romance with. Billy quickly adapts to the art of Muay Thai kickboxing and is able to win his first bout. Impressed by his performance, prison warden Officer Preecha has him transferred into the boxing team cell, with him being the first foreigner to compete in the national Muay Thai tournament and represent the prison. There he soon develops a comradery with the other boxers, receiving a tattoo on his back. However, he is ambushed by Keng and his gang, who threaten him with a pin prick attack if he loses the tournament. Even worse, it is established that Billy is suffering from hernia due to his drug abuse, and any subsequent damage could result in serious internal bleeding. Regardless, he still desires to compete. The resulting match is grueling for Billy, as he takes multiple shots to his stomach and is also fouled by his opponent. However, using what he learnt, he manages to knock his opponent out with a spinning back elbow and wins the fight. Despite the victory, the physical trauma is too much, and Billy ends up vomiting blood and passing out.
The film A Prayer Before Dawn was scheduled to be released on May 19, 2017 (Cannes), on July 20, 2018 (United Kingdom) and on August 10, 2018 (United States) by A24, DirecTV Cinema, Altitude Film Distribution, GEM Entertainment, Film & TV House, Altitude Film Entertainment, Cinema Mondo, Fabula Films, Koryphäen Film, Odeon, The Searchers, Transformer, Vertigo Média Kft., Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, Wild Bunch Distribution, Ascot Elite Entertainment Group, Front Row Filmed Entertainment, HanWay Films, NOS Audiovisuais, Netflix and Remain In Light.
The duration of the film is 117 minutes. The film grossed over $310,035.
The film had received a "R" rating.
A Prayer Before Dawn got high rating from critics. The audience also likes the film.
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