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Fifty Dead Men Walking (2008)

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Martin McGartland joins the I.R.A. and feeds information to Britain's Special Branch Agent Fergus.

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Kari Skogland

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Martin McGartland (inspired by the book "Fifty Dead Man Walking"), Nicholas Davies (inspired by the book "Fifty Dead Man Walking") | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ben Kingsley ... Fergus
Jim Sturgess ... Martin
Kevin Zegers ... Sean
Natalie Press ... Lara
Rose McGowan ... Grace
Tom Collins Tom Collins ... Mickey
William Houston ... Ray
Michael McElhatton ... Robbie
Laura Hughes Laura Hughes ... Mary
Gerard Jordan ... Kieran
David Pearse ... Donovan
Joe Doyle Joe Doyle ... Quinn
Conor MacNeill ... Frankie (as Connor McNeill)
Evan Harte Evan Harte ... Little Patrick (as Evan)
Oscar Harte 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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Rated R for strong brutal violence and torture, language and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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Language:

English

Release Date:

21 August 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Man on the Run See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

GBP6,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$812,665
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Goofs

After the kneecapping at the beginning of the film, the IRA drive off in a London cab with British number plates. Northern Irish ones have a different format. See more »

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[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
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You are not a man unless you have a cause.
18 July 2009 | by SpikeopathSee all my reviews

Based on the life of Martin McGartland, who was recruited by the British Police to spy from within the Irish Republican Army, Fifty Dead Men Walking is the latest cinematic attempt to bring awareness to the horrors of the British/Irish troubles. At the end of the film there is a disclaimer about the accuracy of the film in relation to McGartland's actual book of the same name. While it should be noted that McGartland himself has renounced the film in British film magazines as not being his story. What we do know is that Martin McGartland is a real person who really did spy for the British Police inside the IRA. It's also fact that he saved close to 50 men from being killed as part of the long running conflict, and he is in fact still in hiding to this very day.

So with that in mind it's a film to be viewed both with suspicion and intrigue. There is no denying that the harshness of the plot and some of its scenes {ouch, torture} impacts like a sledgehammer, but crucially it's hard to get on side with the unlikable McGartland {brilliantly played by rising Brit star Jim Sturgess}. In spite of his achievements in thankfully stopping many murders down the line, his motives are mixed and not necessarily prioritised. Having not read the book myself I have no idea if the portrayal of himself is what McGartland objects too? Or it may well be that he is shown as being in places he clearly wasn't? Still, character affinity is probably not what the makers were after anyway, they view the conflict from primarily one side, and in the main they achieve that without looking biased or guilty of sensationalism. Certainly the play off between Martin, his best mate and IRA baddie, Sean, is very engrossing as things start to get hairy. While the relationship between Martin and Ben Kingsley's copper, Fergus, is one of the film's strengths.

Not so good is the shoe-horned in part of Grace {a miscast Rose McGowan} and the ending feels rushed in relation to the pace that preceded it. A potent soundtrack featuring the likes of The Ruts and Stiff Little Fingers mingles perfectly with the grainy portrait of Northern Ireland that director Kari Skogland has opted for. Whilst the script is sharp and never drifts off to filler speak and pointless musings on the moral quandaries that are thrown up. As a history lesson on the Irish troubles it's barely worth any interest, as a character study about people within the troubles? Well it's definitely of interest there. 6.5/10


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