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  • Actors: john hannah, jack wilson
  • Directors: marc evans
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: French, English, Italian, Spanish, German
  • Subtitles: French, English, Italian, Dutch, Spanish, German, Hungarian, Polish
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0041KWA3A

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 24 April 2012
Format: DVD
The Shankill Butchers, a group of protestant serial killers whose torture and murder spree in 70s Belfast was so shocking that the loyalists teamed up with the IRA to bring them down, is a fascinating story, but you come away knowing nothing about it from this fictionalised account. The framing structure seems dedicated to that unknowability of the root of evil theme - fine as far as it goes - but there's no context to the picture; aside from a brief shot of passing soldiers, there's no sense that this is a Northern Ireland in crisis. There's not even a serious attempt to establish plot or character, just vignettes that add up to nothing.

The twin framing structures - interviews to camera with the women in his life and, most especially, a reporter not averse to domestic violence chasing the story - seem merely window dressing to impose some kind of illusion of purpose on a directionless script. The one promising strand, a detective's criticism of the reporter's desire for more violent killings (and, by implication, that of both filmmakers and audience), falls flat because of the twin lead weights of James Nesbitt's terrible performance (there's a difference between acting disinterested and disinterested acting) and the film's lack of any apparent purpose. Only Brenda Fricker's truly monstrous mother love provides any spark.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Keith M TOP 500 REVIEWER on 18 Nov. 2011
Format: DVD
Let me say right away that the only reason I am writing this review is to comment on the beginning of this film. I can remember when I saw the film at the 1997 London Film Festival and witnessed what I would say is one of the great film beginnings, literally only the first two minutes, where the music, drumming and the slow motion tracking shot up to see Stuart Townsend as Victor Kelly (one of the Shankhill butchers). Absolutely stunning.

The rest of the film is actually quite mediocre. Stuart Townsend is (was?) a top actor (see Wonderland and Under The Skin, in particular), as is James Nesbitt of course. John Hannah is not, however, one of my favourites (I'd rather see Dave Lee Travis play Macbeth). The performances are OK, but the film is rather over the top and not very convincing.

Worth seeing just for the first 2-3 minutes? Probably not.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 16 Jun. 2001
Format: VHS Tape
If this sight would only allow no stars....
Eoin McNamee's uncompromising masterpiece is totally trashed on the screen. Director Marc Evans seems to think he's Scorsesse and can play about with the Shankill Butchers story and glorify them.
While Townsend does a great job as Lennie Murphy,(the real life leader of the gang)the rest of the acting is very wooden and John Hannah clearly can't do a Belfat accent.
If you want the true story, read The Shankill Butchers by Martin Dillon, and if you want a masterpiece, read Resurrection Man by Eoin McNamee.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By L. Davidson VINE VOICE on 9 Mar. 2006
Format: DVD
"Resurrection Man" is a much nastier and more unpleasant film than "Nothing Personal" ,with which it shares the same subject matter; the cut throat killings by the "Shankill Butchers" in mid 1970's Belfast. The acting and dialogue is not as good and there is hardly any spark of humanity or decency in most of the characters. That said the film does have two memorable ,if unsavoury, scenes; the merciless beating of a Catholic man in a Loyalist bar to the sound of Mud's "Tiger Feet" and the final scene outside the cut throat gang leader's house. Both are visceral scenes showing the ugly reality of political violence in Northern Ireland in the 1970's. I liked the mysterious McClure "godfather" character ,who sponsored the gangs activities and whose connections with the security forces ,the media and paramilitaries from "the other side" pose all sorts of questions that the film doesn't answer. Who were really controlling the killers and organising the violence at this time ? However despite these positive aspects of the film, "Resurrection Man" is almost overwhelmed by it's negatives. The excessive gore and the unremitting nastiness of the people and the action combine to make "Resurrection Man" an uncomfortable and at times an unpleasant film to watch.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Karly on 16 Sept. 2001
Format: VHS Tape
This is set against the terrorist backdrop of 1970`s Belfast and sees a journalist in search of the ringleader. Townsend is very convincing as Vince Kelly, a man who only shows any affection for his mother. Although realistic and gritty, it is not enjoyable and centres on the graphic violence rather than the politics and characters, who are in the main, unsympathetic and one dimensional. It doesn`t glamourise the violence in anyway but many other films have done this so much better.
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set against the backdrop of belfast's darkest days the resurrection man chronicles the rise and fall of the fictional paramilitary caharacter victor kelly (played brilliantly by stuart townsend). townsend gives an amazing performance as a cahrasmatic psycopath who's lust for blood and torture commands fear rather than respect from his peers and paramilitary overlords. i have read other reviews where people have been overly critical of the movie claiming it was sensationalized and unnecessarily gory in parts. but having grown up in one of the dipicted communities myself in belfast through the 70's, 80's and 90's it's a pretty accurate account of the mindless violence that was at the core of society during these bleak times. the movie is loosely based around the story of the "shankill butchers". a murderous gang who operated with impunity under the guise of a paramilitary orginazation during the worst years of the troubles, but could have been killing within any community at the time, but were afforded protection due to the fact that they had "paramilitary" status at the time.
it's a pretty accurate social commentary of all the worst aspects these polarized communities had to offer in those dark days and the movie is filmed with a dark, dirty feel to it.
the supporting cast was well chosen with stand out performances from james nesbitt and sean Mcginley to mention just 2.
this movie will make you feel uncomfortable, but i think that's the point. only by looking back at these horrific times can we see just how far we have came to becoming a norminalized non paramilitarized society. i can't recomend this underated movie highly enough, even if it only serves as a cautionary tale of just how bad things really used to be.
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