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.[1] It stars Christopher Lambert as a fictionalized version of Popiełuszko and Ed Harris as the secret police captain set to assassinate him.[2]

To Kill a Priest
Theatrical release poster
Directed byAgnieszka Holland
Written byAgnieszka Holland (screenplay)
Michael Cooper (English adaptation)
Jean-Yves Pitoun
StarringChristopher Lambert
Ed Harris
Music byGeorges Delerue
CinematographyAdam Holender
Edited byHervé de Luze
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release date
October 13, 1989
Running time
117 minutes



  1. To Kill a priest review, Entertainment Weekly, April 6 1990
  2. To Kill a Priest at AllMovie


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.

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