Mickey Rourke is an IRA terrorist who grows tired of violence after he accidentally blows up a school bus full of children. Now useless to his cause, he’s being hunted by both the British and the IRA. Sadistic mobster Alan Bates will give Rourke money and a passport — if he commits one more crime. A priest (Bob Hoskins) witnesses the killing, and Rourke tries to silence him by confessing the murder. Based on Jack Higgins’s best-selling novel.
British writer-director Mike Hodges honed his craft in television before segueing to the big screen with the gangster melodrama Get Carter (1971), starring Michael Caine as a cold-blooded hit man. Dismissed by critics as overly violent at its initial release, the film has come to be regarded as a minor masterpiece and an influence on such disparate movie directors as John Woo, Quentin Tarantino and Guy Ritchie.
Born in Bristol, Hodges originally trained as an accountant but after a requisite stint in the Royal Navy found employment as a teleprompter writer. Exposed to the workings of television, Hodges tried his hand and crafting scripts and sold one. He made the transition to director and producer overseeing segments of the English newsmagazine World of Action in the early 1960s. A stint on the arts-themed Tempo followed, where he prepared profiles of such notable film personalities as Jean-Luc Godard and Orson Welles. Further honing his craft, Hodges… read more