Fifty Dead Men Walking (2008)

R  |   |  Drama, Thriller  |  21 August 2009 (USA)
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Based on Martin McGartland's shocking real life story. Martin is a young lad from west Belfast in the late 1980s who is recruited by the British Police to spy on the IRA. He works his way ... See full summary »



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Based on Martin McGartland's shocking real life story. Martin is a young lad from west Belfast in the late 1980s who is recruited by the British Police to spy on the IRA. He works his way up the ranks as a volunteer for the IRA whilst feeding information to his British handler and saving lives in the process. Written by Anonymous

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When you cross the line there's no going back.


Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong brutal violence and torture, language and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

21 August 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

50 Dead Men Walking  »

Box Office


£6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£99,440 (UK) (10 April 2009)


£99,440 (UK) (10 April 2009)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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In an early scene in the film, Martin looks over at Ray who is standing amongst a group of children. Some of the children, obviously extras from the area, are wearing anachronistic clothing such as polyester track pants. See more »


[first lines]
Fergus: His name is Martin McGartland, and when I met him he was an unemployed Catholic hood selling stolen goods.
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References Sesame Street (1969) See more »


The Swan
Composed by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performed by John Friesen on Cello & Stephen Smith on Piano
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Pretty decent Northern Ireland political thriller set in the 1980s
15 January 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I had no idea who martin McGartland was until I watched this movie, unlike the main character in HUNGER and ironically I watched this directly after watching matt Damon in The Informant. If that title was misleading, this one certainly was not, though working out why they called it 50 dead Men walking takes some thinking about in the context of the movie. It refers of course to the 50 men who would have died if Mr McGartland didn't save them from assassination.

This is a very powerful piece of British drama set in the 1980s. it is a very intense film but the story is easy to follow and the film overall is enjoyable without ever being full of violence or bad language. I still have images in my mind from HUNGER and FIVE MINUTES OF HEAVEN, not top mention the 'Barley' movie and of course Michael Collins.

I do agree that too much attention as a distraction in the movie to the two young women who feature in Mr McGarlands life and there should have been greater emphasis on the actual political role he had to play for the IRA and for the British Police.

Harrys Game was indeed a top production but should not be compared to this new movie. Ben Kingsley was 'spot on' as Fergus and added the quality to the film it might otherwise have lacked.

another well made British film, keep it up!

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