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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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Sean
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Lara
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Mickey
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Ray
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Robbie
Laura Hughes ...
Mary
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Joe Doyle ...
Quinn
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Frankie (as Connor McNeill)
Evan Harte ...
Little Patrick (as Evan)
Oscar Harte ...
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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.

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Drama | Thriller

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

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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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(at around 1h 40 mins) You can clearly see an poster add for iPhone when they are driving. iPhones were not around at the time the movie is set. 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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It's a Blast
Written by Campbell, Donnelly
Performed by Phoenix 23
Published by Copyright Control
Licensed courtesy of Phoenix 23
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Good film on the life of an IRA informer during the Troubles
1 May 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Take one young naïve man and place him as an informer (a "Tout") on the IRA to Special Investigations/Police and you have the gist of this film. Set in Belfast, we follow the life of one guy who is in over his head (as they always are) and has to juggle both sides along with his burgeoning family commitments (girlfriend with kid etc).

A generally captivating storyline being based on a true story, and to my surprise didn't glorify any act of violence but rather shows life as a ground patrol man for the IRA in it's most gritty form. Tries to steer clear of cliché and does a fine job.

Acting is fair and most actors fill in their roles very comfortable. Ben Kingsley is wonderful as the Special Investigators sponsor, whilst Jim Sturgess as the informer keeps you on side throughout the film. Rose McGowan as an IRA intelligence officer is the only person who seems out of place but likely was there to add a bit more colour to the surroundings but doesn't take away from the film too much.

Overall, an enjoyable analysis of life in the IRA. Add in a good soundtrack and some able camera work and you have in total a very good film. Good viewing.


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