50 Dead Men Walking

50 Dead Men Walking

DVD - 2009
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Based on the life of Martin McGartland, who saved the lives of dozens of people by working undercover for the British Security Service, posing as a volunteer for the IRA.


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Jun 08, 2015

I really enjoyed this movie. Excellent acting and great script. Definitely need sub titles with this movie, very heavy Irish accent. Time well spent.

aaa5756 Jul 12, 2013

This movie was entertaining and interesting but not one of my favorite for this year. Not too bad---good performance. I fast forwarded a lot but not all the way.

Mar 19, 2011

Loved the film! Very gritty, but not as gritty as it really was in those days. The photography was great, too. As to the accents, they sounded authentic and I had no trouble following the dialogue. Subtle comments on relationships and how they change; how commitment to a cause can affect one, and especially the ultimate personal cost of that sort of commitment were very thought-provoking. Kingsley was great, as always and the others, relatively unknown to me, are actors and actresses I will watch for in future. Likewise, I will look for other works directed by Kari Skogland. Her commentary was excellent.

Nov 27, 2010

A very dark movie about Northern Ireland, but still very enjoyable to watch.

Nov 08, 2010

Fair - 50 Dead Men Walking (2009) 117 min. Here’s another IRA related film to add to the many others that explored this time in British-Irish history. Jim Sturgess plays Martin McGartland, a young man hired by the British police to spy on his fellow IRA members. Though the history that the film is based on is extremely interesting, the film itself doesn’t provide the necessary empathy for McGartland to engage us in his plight. Chock this one up as a failed attempt.

Sep 16, 2010

Gritty, gripping, informative biographical film about a young Catholic Ulsterman recruited by the British to infiltrate & spy on the Irish Republican Army at the height of the Troubles in 1980s Northern Ireland. Although violent, the film is based on a true story, & its artful realism only increases its impact. Jim Sturgess as the main character, Ben Kingsley as his contact in the British Special Branch, and Nathalie Press as his girlfriend are all wonderful (although all three were born in England!)

Aug 31, 2010

Great film. Martin's relationships with his girlfriend Lara and his handler Fergus are very moving.

Aug 17, 2010

An excellent film, though unsympathetic to the IRA's legitimate grievances about the Brit's presence. E.g. scenes of IRA torture are on full display, but little real nastiness by Brit soldiers is ever shown. Does have close captions, to help penetrate the thick accents and esp if you have hearing limitations

Aug 01, 2010

I couldn't watch the movie because it is in a thick irish brogue and English subtitles would have been required for me to understand most of what they were saying. Oddly enough the only subtitles available are in spanish. It could be a good film but I'll never know!

Apr 06, 2010

Great film. Accents are thick though, so bend an alert ear.

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Sep 16, 2015

humbleworm thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over


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lilmisslibrary Mar 02, 2010

Violence: Torture


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aaa5756 Jul 15, 2013

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” ― Martin Luther King, Jr


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