Fifty Dead Men Walking 2009

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(64) IMDb 6.9/10
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Inspired by Martin McGartland's shocking real life story, this is a stunning thriller about his recruitment into the British security services to infiltrate the IRA. Over the course of four years, until his betrayal, discovery, capture and torture, it was estimated that McGartland was responsible for saving the lives of 50 men.

Starring:
Ben Kingsley, Jim Sturgess
Runtime:
1 hour 52 minutes

Available in HD on supported devices

Fifty Dead Men Walking

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Product Details

Genres Thriller, Action & Adventure
Director Kari Skogland
Starring Ben Kingsley, Jim Sturgess
Supporting actors Kevin Zegers, Rose McGowan, Tom Collins, William Houston, Gerard Jordan, Joe Doyle, Ali White, Henry Deazley, Ewan Harts, Natalie Press, Laura Hughes, David Pearse, Conor MacNeill, Michael McElhatton
Studio Metrodome
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

3.9 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy TOP 500 REVIEWER on 21 Jun 2013
Format: DVD
Martin is a young man who makes his living selling stolen items. He is recruited by both the IRA to fight the British and by the British to spy on the IRA. He initially gets involved at a low level in order to get things like a good job, an income, a car, and a girl. The movie has some personal aspects as well. Some lines include, "Your Irish. You are born with an opinion." Or when his mom finds out Martin's gf is pregnant, "You'll do the right thing, or I'll kill you myself."

Martin's gf, the mother of his son, and expecting again, has different priorities. Apparently living and raising a family is more important than keeping Ireland from being British. As Martin watches people die and get tortured around him, he re-examines his situation and realizes he is in too deep and wants out.

Martin's wife/gf and mother are the only real likable characters in the story. Everyone else is caught up in causes and killing. The basic theme of "the end justify the means" is tested throughout as Martin questions the deeds of both sides.

Interesting, but Irish is not English. I used the subtitles.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful By William Burroughs on 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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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 20 Aug 2011
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 By L. Davidson VINE VOICE on 3 May 2009
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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25 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Pablo on 21 Oct 2009
Format: Blu-ray 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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S. Daruwala on 9 Oct 2009
Format: DVD
After reading Martin McGartland's autobiographical eye-opener I couldn't wait to see this film. As well as providing fast-paced thrills and intrigue, the book taught me much about the political situation in Northern Ireland as seen through the eyes of a young man growing up and trying to do his best by those he cares about during 'The Troubles'. Unfortunately the stories and characters we meet in the book get terribly lost in translation. The film's omission of Marty's first love - a young protestant girl with whom he has a child before sectarian politics puts an end to their forbidden affair - is, in my opinion, inexcusable. That one early chapter of Marty's life helps explain so much about his actions in later life, and the film is critically weakened by a general lack of contextualisation and character development. Avoid this poorly-executed film and treat yourself to the book instead - you won't regret it!
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