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Fifty Dead Men Walking (2008)

 -  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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Fergus
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Martin
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Sean
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Lara
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Tom Collins ...
Mickey
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Ray
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Robbie
Laura Hughes ...
Mary
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Kieran
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Donovan
Joe Doyle ...
Quinn
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Frankie (as Connor McNeill)
Evan Harte ...
Little Patrick (as Evan)
Oscar Harte ...
Little Patrick
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Storyline

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.

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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

Budget:

£6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£99,440 (UK) (10 April 2009)

Gross:

£99,440 (UK) (10 April 2009)
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Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[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 »

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Alternative Ulster
Written by Jake Burns (as Burns), Gordon Ogilvie (as Ogilvie)
Performed by Stiff Little Fingers
Complete Music/Universam Music MGB Ltd.
Courtesy of EMI Records Ltd.
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Great Movie and Worth Seeing!!! Great performances by all.
22 September 2008 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

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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