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Fifty Dead Men Walking (2008)

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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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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2.35 : 1
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The movie is set in the late 1980's but in the graveyard scene some headstones show dates in the 2000's See more »


When Marty is driving the taxi at night in the early part of the film a car can clearly be seen in front of his. This is supposed to be set in 1988 yet the car in front is a Ford which dates 2006 at least. 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 »


It's a Blast
Written by Campbell, Donnelly
Performed by Phoenix 23
Published by Copyright Control
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Walking of the dead...
22 February 2014 | by (Greece) – See all my reviews

"Fifty Dead Men Walking" is a true story movie which has to do with Martin McGartland's life story. This story shows us Martin McGartland who is recruited by the British Police to spy on the IRA.

I liked this movie because it's a movie that is based on a true story and because of its plot. I also liked it because of the cast and the interpretations of it. Ben Kingsley who plays as Fergus made a great interpretation and Jim Sturgess who played as Martin McGartland made an also great interpretation for one more time. I also believe that Kari Skogland did a nice job in the direction of this movie.

Finally I have to tell you that I really recommend this movie because it shows us a different way of things and how these things happened.

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