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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
In the scene where he is tasked to deliver the message he gets ino his Rover SD1 car. As his handler exits the car he bangs the steering wheel centre boss in anger and the car horn is sounded. This is an error as the horn switch on this vehicle was on the end of a stalk, not the steering wheel. See more »
His name is Martin McGartland, and when I met him he was an unemployed Catholic hood selling stolen goods.
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Great Movie and Worth Seeing!!! Great performances by all.
I saw the film at the Toronto Film Festival and liked it a great deal. The film is violent in parts, but this violence is necessary to truly show the times and the conflict that was going on between Ireland and England. I felt that both sides were presented in the movie, never showing too much favor to one or the other. It was a terrible and long period in UK history with far too much death and hate and this movie makes it clear for those of us that have little knowledge of it. I had no idea that this conflict went on for the length of time that it did or how the IRA operated before viewing the film, nor did I know that the IRA was as operational today as it is, they found Martin in hiding and tried to kill him again in Canada years later.
Jim's performance as Martin was excellent and believable as was Ben's. I recommend spending the time to see the movie when it is released.
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