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Fifty Dead Men Walking [DVD]

Ben Kingsley , Jim Sturgess , Kari Skogland    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Ben Kingsley, Jim Sturgess, Kevin Zegers, Rose McGowan
  • Directors: Kari Skogland
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Metrodome
  • DVD Release Date: 7 Sep 2009
  • Run Time: 117 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0027DY9C8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 45,904 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Inspired by Martin McGartland's shocking real life story, Martin is a young lad from West Belfast in teh late 1980s who is recruited by the British polics 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 saves lives in the process; until one day he is exposed, captured and tortured to within an inch of his life. He escapes dramatically by throwing himself from a tower block window and is still in hiding today.

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), English ( Dolby Digital Stereo ), WIDESCREEN (2.35:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Anamorphic Widescreen, Commentary, Deleted Scenes, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: Inspired by Martin McGartland's incredible autobiography, Fifty Dead Men Walking is the stunning new action thriller by Karl Skogland about a secret agent working undercover for British security services in Northern Ireland during the late eighties. Over the course of four years, until his betrayal and subsequent discovery, it was estimated that McGartland was responsible for saving the lives of up to fifty men. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: Vancouver International Film Festival, ...Fifty Dead Men Walking

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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A waste of potential 21 Oct 2009
By Pablo
Format:Blu-ray|Amazon Verified Purchase
The book which "inspired" this farcical adaptation could no doubt have provided many great film-transferrible facets: real-life spy drama, insights into the workings of British intelligence on the one hand and the IRA on the other, a study of McGartland's motivation and a human drama of the informer's life. As it is, this film achieves none of these, sacrificing such magnificent potential for superficial, disjointed "action" scenes and an incoherent plot in which we have an agent-handler as hero! Poor script, poor direction and unsurprising that the authors of the book wanted nothing to do with it.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic - makes Bourne look weak in comparison 16 Aug 2009
Format:DVD
Really good film, was recommended by a mate that liked Bourne, but he reckoned this was ten times as real and he was right. From the opening assassination attempt that leaves your heart in your mouth it doesn't let up - but really gets you emotionally involved too - its got depth and really complex dilemmas, especially when it focuses on his family stuff and how he's pulled by each side. its an amazing story - i loved it - one of the best real life action thrillers i've ever seen
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars You are not a man unless you have a cause. 20 Aug 2011
By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
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.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The book is much better... 3 May 2009
By L. Davidson VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
"Fifty Dead Men Walking" is a fairly average and easily forgettable film about the IRA informer Martin McGartland. McGartland worked his way up in the IRA and the information that he fed to the British helped to save many lives and prevent a lot of IRA operations from taking place. This film gives a bit of the flavour of the dangerous and unsavoury environment in which McGartland worked, but it is disjointed and we never really get to know the characters properly.As a result of his actions McGartland still lives on the run never seeing his family .I wonder what he would think of the new Northern Ireland , where his former buddies in the IRA are now part of the government ,having put their days of bombing,shooting and "nutting" informers like McGartland behind them.Probably fail to see the irony I would imagine.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Despite being the closest thing Britain's had to its own Vietnam, the Troubles in Northern Ireland have produced only a handful of mediocre, often absurdly partisan movies, and Fifty Dead Men Walking doesn't do anything to remedy the situation by turning an informer's anti-IRA memoir into something rather more guardedly supportive of them. It's easy to understand why the real Martin McGartland so vigorously disowned the film and its departures from fact that saw IRA members taking a more active role in advising the production than he did and, much to his anger, placed him at the scene of murders and tortures he never participated in to amp up the onscreen drama. While it doesn't shirk from their violence and their kneecapping those guilty of `antisocial activities' or the torture and murder of a wrongly suspected informer who is later unjustly condemned by his own father at his funeral, the frequently laughably simplified politics do often read like a Sinn Fein Party Political Broadcast.

It doesn't help that much of the opening of the film offers a very superficial account of the causes of the violence, delivered with almost embarrassed disinterest by Ben Kingsley, setting out his character's stall as the film's Irving the Explainer as our anti-hero's British handler. In the face of such odds, all Kingsley can offer is an accent and an unconvincing wig by way of character in another one of those stiff and mechanical "I-am-acting" performances that he's lapsed into alarmingly often post-knighthood, though Jim Sturgess is much more effectively naturalistic in the lead and could have been even better with something more substantial to work with.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Disturbing
Not a really well produced film and very disturbing. But this is a true story. Did the secret services let this man down?
Published 7 days ago by Dr. Tucker
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth a watch...
Jim Sturgess acts a charismatic and compelling role here balanced tensely between both sides...I'm not a film maker myself but can appreciate the work that goes in to making one...
Published 16 days ago by B. GREEN
5.0 out of 5 stars 50 D M walking
I bought this as a Christmas PRESENT as the person I bought it for is interested in these type of DVDs
Published 2 months ago by ang
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic film
This film is brilliant...loved every minute of it. This is definitely one to watch and I would highly recommend it!
Published 2 months ago by MR DJ LANKSFORD
5.0 out of 5 stars Film to be watched
This is an excellent film great quality picture it being a blue ray disc I saw on TV a while back and always wanted to see it again . Read more
Published 3 months ago by Maxi
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
what an absolutely brilliant film make sure to read the info at the end of the film you will be surprised
Published 4 months ago by john
5.0 out of 5 stars 50 dead men walking
a great film this one,i read the book a few years ago,and some times the films cant produce the same impact on thescreen,however this was a good effort and keeps you on the edge of... Read more
Published 6 months ago by baggies
5.0 out of 5 stars dvd fifty dead men
a very good dvd one of the best if seen in a long time I will watch it over again thanks
Published 7 months ago by herbert
5.0 out of 5 stars Star
Sorry did not add the star ratting to this Item as forgot. I would rate this Item with full star's very Pleased, will use you & recommend you again.
Published 7 months ago by RubyFran
5.0 out of 5 stars Bargain
Bought for a present; recipient very pleased. It is a good film which needs a couple of viewings to take in the plot and pick up on subtle nuances. Well worth the bargain price.
Published 7 months ago by Lady Bookworm
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