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Fifty Dead Men Walking -- An action-thriller story centered on a secret agent working undercover for British security services in Northern Ireland in the late eighties.
Fifty Dead Men Walking -- Inspired by the true story of Martin McGartland.
Fifty Dead Men Walking -- 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. Film stars Jim Sturgess, Ben Kingsley, Kevin Zegers and Rose McGowan.

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Writers:
Martin McGartland (inspired by the book "Fifty Dead Man Walking") and
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Release Date:
21 August 2009 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
When you cross the line there's no going back.
Plot:
Based on Martin McGartland's shocking real life story. Martin is a young lad from west Belfast in the... See more » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
7 wins & 6 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Never really becomes the film it should have been See more (33 total) »

Cast

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Ben Kingsley ... Fergus

Jim Sturgess ... Martin

Kevin Zegers ... Sean

Natalie Press ... Lara

Rose McGowan ... Grace
Tom Collins ... Mickey

William Houston ... Ray

Michael McElhatton ... Robbie
Laura Hughes ... Mary

Gerard Jordan ... Kieran

David Pearse ... Donovan

Joe Doyle ... Quinn

Conor MacNeill ... Frankie (as Connor McNeill)
Evan Harte ... Little Patrick (as Evan)
Oscar Harte ... Little Patrick
Ciaran Nolan ... Connie
Ali White ... Lara's Mother
Frankie McCafferty ... Paddy

Matt McArdle ... Ambulance Attendant
Tomas Ó Suilleabhain ... RUC Officer
Dessie Gallagher ... Thomas - Head Officer

Kris Edlund ... Mrs. Conlon
Sheila Kerr ... Doris (as Shelia Kerr)

Nick Dunning ... Doctor
Paschal Friel ... Jana (as Pascal Friel)
George McMahon ... Johnny

Gavin O'Connor ... Officer White / RUC Officer

Paul Kennedy ... RUC Officer
Gerry Doherty ... Fred - CID
Derek Halligan ... McFarlane
James Doran ... IRA Kidnapper
Michael Graham ... Officer Clark

Anthony Brophy ... Johnathan
Henry Deazley ... Soldier

Nathan Hughes ... Waiter
Karen Hassan ... Mother
Brigid Erin Bates ... Woman (as Bridgid Erin Bates)
Drew Thompson ... Check Point Officer
Seamus Ball ... Young Man's Father

Jonathan Harden ... Young Man's Brother
Alexandra Ford ... Nurse

Chris Patrick-Simpson ... Tortured Tout (as Chris Patrick Simpson)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Laurence Doherty ... Owner of Raided House (uncredited)
Damian McDonald ... Medic (uncredited)

Directed by
Kari Skogland 
 
Writing credits
Martin McGartland (inspired by the book "Fifty Dead Man Walking") and
Nicholas Davies (inspired by the book "Fifty Dead Man Walking")

Kari Skogland (written by)

Produced by
Nicole Carmen-Davis .... executive producer
Elsie Choi .... executive producer
Alice Clough .... associate producer
Guy Collins .... executive producer
Cindy Cowan .... executive producer
Karyn Edwards .... executive producer
Stephen Hegyes .... producer
Jo Homewood .... line producer
Stephen Kaye .... associate producer (as Stephen Kay)
Amanda Kenyon .... associate producer
Peter La Terriere .... producer
Kyle Lundberg .... executive producer
Stephen Margolis .... executive producer
Michael Ryan .... executive producer
Jonathan Shore .... associate producer
Kari Skogland .... producer
Shawn Williamson .... producer
 
Original Music by
Ben Mink 
 
Cinematography by
Jonathan Freeman (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Jim Munro 
 
Casting by
John Hubbard  (as Jon Hubbard)
Ros Hubbard 
 
Production Design by
Eve Stewart 
 
Art Direction by
David Hindle 
 
Costume Design by
Stephanie Collie 
 
Makeup Department
Liz Boston .... assistant hair stylist
Liz Boston .... assistant makeup artist
Kirstin Chalmers .... hair designer
Kirstin Chalmers .... makeup designer
Kornelia Daniel .... assistant hair stylist
Kornelia Daniel .... assistant makeup artist
Laura Lilley .... assistant makeup artist
Laura Lilley .... hair assistant
Waldo Mason .... prosthetics maker
Lisa McConville .... assistant hair stylist
Lisa McConville .... assistant makeup artist
Clare Ramsey .... hair stylist
Clare Ramsey .... makeup artist
Laura Schiavo .... makeup supervisor
Sian Wilson .... hair trainee
Sian Wilson .... makeup trainee
 
Production Management
Emanuel Pereira .... post-production supervisor
Karen Richards .... production manager
Jonathan Shore .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Paul Bennett .... second second assistant director
Scott Bunce .... second assistant director
Max Keene .... first assistant director
Max Keene .... second unit director
 
Art Department
Jim Barr .... dressing prop
Bryony Birkbeck .... production buyer
Dermot Blighe .... stand-by props
Julia Castle .... art department coordinator
Alan Chesters .... construction manager
Michael Cullen .... dressing prop
McCoy Dan .... painter
Sara Hayward .... stand-by art director
Tommy Hilland .... painter
Leon McCarthy .... assistant art director
Anne-Louise McGinnis .... art department runner
Neil McNally .... props trainee
Amy Merry .... graphic designer
Christopher Moore .... stand-by props (as Chris Moore)
David Rowney .... art department trainee
Paul Stewart .... property master
 
Sound Department
Anke Bakker .... sound supervisor
Brian Campbell .... dialogue editor
Jay Cheetham .... background sound editor
Dario DiSanto .... foley editor
Kris Fenske .... sound designer
Judah Getz .... adr mixer
Graeme Hughes .... sound re-recording mixer
Laura Kerr .... sound assistant
Jörg Klaussner .... dubbing mixer
Nick Kray .... adr mixer
Terry McDonald .... sound assistant
Mervyn Moore .... sound mixer
Andrew Morgado .... adr mixer
Glen Noseworthy .... foley recordist
Iain Pattison .... sound re-recording mixer
Adam Ridge .... boom operator
Paul A. Sharpe .... sound re-recording mixer
Joshua Stevenson .... assistant dialogue editor
Jean Tejkel .... walla mixer
Shaula Walker .... sound effects editor: intro video (as Shaula Lumley)
Matthew Wilson .... sound effects editor
Garret Farrell .... adr recordist (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Vincent Kivlehan .... special effects technician
Kevin Mathews .... wire effects supervisor
 
Visual Effects by
Dan Brittain .... digital compositor
Christopher Elke .... visual effects producer: Technicolor Vancouver
John Fukushima .... digital compositor
Doug Oddy .... visual effects supervisor
Persis Reynolds .... visual effects executive producer: Technicolor Vancouver
Matt Yeoman .... digital compositor
 
Stunts
Rob Cooper .... stunt double: Jim Sturgess
Matt Da Silva .... stunt performer
Aldonio Danny Freitas .... stunt double: David Pearse
Levan Doran .... stunt double
James Embree .... stunt performer
Rick English .... stunt performer
Steve Griffin .... stunts
Sy Hollands .... stunt coordinator
Paul Lowe .... stunt performer
Marc Mailley .... stunt double: Conor MacNeill
Giedrius Nagys .... stunts
James O'Donnell .... stunt actor
Donal O'Farrell .... stunt performer
Peter Pedrero .... stunts
Andy Pilgrim .... stunt performer
John Street .... stunt performer
Roy Taylor .... stunt performer
Reg Wayment .... military advisor
Steen Young .... stunt performer
Philippe Zone .... stunt performer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Ian Buckley .... key grip
Ron Coe .... second assistant camera
Sean Connor .... first assistant camera
Grace Donaldson .... grip: second unit
Andy Gardner .... second assistant camera
Steven Livingstone .... electrician
Seamus Lynch .... electrician
Ryan Marshall .... camera tracking driver
Davie Mayes .... electrician
Sean McKeown .... rigger
David O'Connor .... grip
Chris Plevin .... camera operator
Peter Wignall .... camera operator
Peter Wignall .... second director of photography
Ruth Woodside .... camera trainee
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Kerry Gooding .... daily costume assistant
Rebecca Hill .... costume assistant
Vidya Krishnamurthy .... assistant costume designer
Joanna Campbell Lynch .... costume supervisor (as Joanna Campbell)
Anna McCaughtry .... crowd costume standby
Stephen O'Rawe .... daily costume assistant
Alison Pascoe .... costume trainee
Heather Long .... daily costume assistant (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
James Cowan .... digital intermediate artist
Kate Kroll .... post-production coordinator
Koah Kruse .... post-production coordinator
Rhys Lloyd .... digital intermediate producer
Ken MacKenzie .... imaging technician
Thor Roos .... digital intermediate artist
Helen Sheridan .... assistant editor: UK
Rachael Watmough .... dailies producer
Kyle Cunningham .... executive sales assistant: Technicolor Creative Services Vancouver (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Hal Beckett .... supervising music editor
Mikael Carlsson .... soundtrack producer
Meagan Carsience .... music editor
Ian Neil .... music supervisor
 
Transportation Department
Ken Cathcart .... unit driver
Tom Heaney .... unit driver (as Tom Heany)
Steven Herron .... unit driver
Allan Keys .... transportation captain
Ian Lewis .... driver: make up truck
Ryan Marshall .... unit driver
Roy McManus .... driver: grip truck
 
Other crew
Helen Allibone .... crowd coordinator
Andrea Bamford .... production assistant
Bannister Bergen .... creative executive
Kate Bone .... assistant coordinator
Denise Bonney .... assistant: Karyn Edwards
Alexandra Bouillon .... production coordinator (as Alex Monro)
Lisa Byrne .... production assistant
Neal Clarance .... chartered accountant
Sarah Crawford .... post production accountant
Farnaz Donovan .... assistant accountant
Karyn Edwards .... legal: production
Mia Gray .... cashier
Indira Guha .... business and legal affairs: Telefilm Canada
Brendan Gunn .... dialogue coach
Kirsten Hansen .... creative executive
Fred Hedman .... international sales
Nora Henderson .... floor runner
David K. Henry .... production financing
Patrick Isherwood .... production accountant (as Pat Isherwood)
Stephen Kirk .... floor runner
Margo MacPherson .... assistant: Shawn Williamson
Melissa Malone .... assistant: Karyn Edwards
Jessie McAllan .... director of operations
Leona McCarren .... floor runner
Christine McClune .... production assistant
Anne-Louise McGinnis .... production assistant
Vikki Mickel .... finance director
Alexei Slater .... assistant: HandMade International
Kelly Smiley .... assistant: Ben Kingsley
Stephanie Swedlove .... assistant: Stephen Hegyes
Marcus Tustin .... head of business affairs: HandMade International
Drew Van Wyk .... assistant to Kevin Zegers
Ki Wight .... development and business affairs executive
Richard Wilson .... production assistant
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"50 Dead Men Walking" - USA (DVD title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for strong brutal violence and torture, language and some sexuality
Runtime:
117 min
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2.35 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Australia:MA (2010) | Canada:14A (Alberta/British Columbia/Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-15 | Ireland:15A | Netherlands:16 | Portugal:M/16 | Singapore:M18 | Sweden:15 | UK:15 | USA:R (certificate #45565)

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Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: 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 »
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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Movie Connections:
References "Sesame Street" (1969)See more »
Soundtrack:
We Will Have WonSee more »

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17 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
Never really becomes the film it should have been, 22 November 2009
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

As with any film on Northern Ireland it is good to see the message board full of debate about who the "good guys" were in Northern Ireland, who was in the right, who was in the wrong etc etc with occasionally someone talking about the film. I'll leave all of that to those guys but, as one has to do with these films for some reason, I will lay out my colours for all to see. Although I moved away around age 20, I was born in Belfast and grew up as a Protestant in North Antrim. I don't think I brought any of that to this film but for some that will be enough to explain why I didn't like this film.

Actually, it will probably be enough for viewers from both side of that political spectrum because the film manages to be such a thing that it is possible to side with both the IRA and the police/army. To a certain point this is a good thing because it asks you to sympathise/dislike both groups, which is true I guess because in the conflict nobody is 100% right or wrong – both sides have fundamental points but yet have done so much wrong as to make them a distant memory. However, this is only "to a point" because it doesn't strike me as a deliberate thing so much as it is a side-effect of the film not really getting to the heart of the matter or the characters. The Northern Ireland of the film is secondary to the central "Donnie Brasco-esquire" story, which again is not a problem in and of itself, just that you're not used to that with Northern Irish films, but it does cause a problem because by not doing a good job of laying out a convincing base, the film does feel a little superficial.

This is made more evident by the way it is directed but also the way that accuracy is often set aside in favour of having set pieces and action. Such sequences don't really work and stand out awkwardly as being out of place and not belonging in a film set in this time and place – it is not as bad as The Devil's Own in this regard but you get my point. All this aside though, the film should work in the same way Donnie Brasco did because I didn't come to that film moaning about the lack of convincing mob detail etc etc but rather really enjoyed it as a film. Sadly the things that this film should be taking from Donnie Brasco and repeating are lacking. This problem comes from the material because it doesn't engage as it should and the characters, beyond Lara, don't do that much. To be precise what I felt was missing was key relationships for Martin. His relationship with his handler isn't that good in their shared scenes, while he lacks a "Lefty" in the IRA. This takes away the majority of the opportunities for scenes in which the strain comes through and we get to see conflicting sides of Martin, like we did in Donnie Brasco, and this is a shame because it does mean the film loses a lot.

It is still a solid watch though, so don't take my negativity as a sign that it was awful – just that it seemed to miss a lot of what it could and should have been doing. It is all helped a lot though by Sturgess in the lead. Now part of me wonders why more actual Northern Irish actors couldn't have been used at that level but Sturgess does do a good job and clearly could have done more with better and more complex material. Funnily enough Kingsley is part of the problem. He is far too stiff and too clearly "acting" – he prevents much in the way of chemistry and does nothing to tell us how he was able to reach Martin. The supporting cast do their turns reasonably well but only Press really stands out as she brings a bit of emotion and discussion to the film.

Overall Fifty Dead Men Walking is more about what it is not rather than what it is. As a film set in the troubles, it doesn't do a particularly good job depicting them. As a thriller it doesn't manage to be engaging enough to thrill. As a Donnie Brasco type story set in Northern Ireland (which is what it is) it doesn't do the things that made that film successful. It is still OK in most regards but it never really becomes the film it should have been.

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6.4/10??? Bradklammer
re-record the dialogue?? momoko0726
Realistic Portrayal of the IRA? telboybk
I could not understand the dialog, so I give this a ZERO rating rafferman-1
What's the motivation? SnoopyStyle
Marty was really recruited when he was 16, amazing. jk80
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