Fifty Dead Men Walking (2008)

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  • IMDb page: Fifty Dead Men Walking (2008)
  • Rate: 6.8/10 total 5,775 votes 
  • Genre: Drama | Thriller
  • Release Date: 21 August 2009 (USA)
  • Runtime: 117 min
  • Filming Location: Ardglass, County Down, Northern Ireland, UK
  • Budget: £6,000,000(estimated)
  • Gross: £99,440(UK)(12 April 2009)
  • Director: Kari Skogland
  • Stars: Ben Kingsley, Jim Sturgess and Kevin Zegers
  • Original Music By: Ben Mink   
  • Soundtrack: Hurricane
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital
  • Plot Keyword: IRA | 1980s | What Happened To Epilogue | Riot Police | Slot Machine

Writing Credits By:

  • Martin McGartland (inspired by the book "Fifty Dead Man Walking") and
  • Nicholas Davies (inspired by the book "Fifty Dead Man Walking")
  • Kari Skogland (written by)

Known Trivia

    Goofs: Anachronisms: (At 1:41:44) You can clearly see an poster add for iPhone when they are driving. iPhones were not around at the time the movie is set.

    Plot: Based on Martin McGartland's shocking real life story. Martin is a young lad from west Belfast in the… See more »  »

    Story: 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  


    Synopsis: In the 1980s when the Irish civil conflict was at its most treacherous, 22 year old Martin McGartland was recruited by the British police to infiltrate and spy on the IRA. He lived his life under constant threat of exposure and subsequent guaranteed torture and death yet he continued because his information saved many lives. He enjoyed the buzz until one day he was discovered and had to escape against all odds. Inspired by a true story, to this day he is on the run.

    Marty McGartland is a 22-year-old street hustler from Ireland, living in the 1980s. He gets noticed by the Provisional Irish Republican Army|Irish Republican Army, but thinks their cruel justice is no good. The British want to use Marty as well, because of his connection to the community undetected. The British police want him to infiltrate and spy on the IRA. Marty decides to work for the police because of his IRA dislike. He soon forgets his political preferences when his powerful position takes over. Despite fearing that the IRA will find out about his spying, he builds up a new sense of self esteem. Afraid his family and friends will be murdered if they are informed, Marty starts to lead a double life. Even his new girlfriend Lara knows nothing of his work.

    Things start to take their toll when the British sell them out. They explain their system could fall down and reveal Marty was their bait all along. The IRA capture and torture Marty, but he is able to escape. His best friend and former British police colleague finds Marty and decides to help him hide. Marty knows the IRA will turn to his family and is forced to make a decision, saving himself or his beloved ones.

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    Produced By:

    • Nicole Carmen-Davis known as executive producer
    • Elsie Choi known as executive producer
    • Alice Clough known as associate producer
    • Guy Collins known as executive producer
    • Cindy Cowan known as executive producer
    • Karyn Edwards known as executive producer
    • Stephen Hegyes known as producer
    • Jo Homewood known as line producer
    • Stephen Kaye known as associate producer (as Stephen Kay)
    • Amanda Kenyon known as associate producer
    • Peter La Terriere known as producer
    • Kyle Lundberg known as executive producer
    • Stephen Margolis known as executive producer
    • Michael Ryan known as executive producer
    • Jonathan Shore known as associate producer
    • Kari Skogland known as producer
    • Shawn Williamson known as producer

    FullCast & Crew:

    • Ben Kingsley known as Fergus
    • Jim Sturgess known as Martin
    • Kevin Zegers known as Sean
    • Chris Patrick-Simpson known as Tortured Tout
    • Natalie Press known as Lara
    • Rose McGowan known as Grace
    • Tom Collins known as Mickey
    • William Houston known as Ray
    • Michael McElhatton known as Robbie
    • Laura Hughes known as Mary
    • Gerard Jordan known as Kieran
    • David Pearse known as Donovan
    • Joe Doyle known as Quinn
    • Conor MacNeill known as Frankie (as Connor McNeill)
    • Evan Harte known as Little Patrick (as Evan)
    • Oscar Harte known as Little Patrick
    • Ciaran Nolan known as Connie
    • Ali White known as Lara's Mother
    • Frankie McCafferty known as Paddy
    • Matt McArdle known as Ambulance Attendant
    • Tomas O'Suilleabhain known as RUC Officer (as Thomas O'Suilleabhain)
    • Dessie Gallagher known as Thomas – Head Officer
    • Kris Edlund known as Mrs. Conlon
    • Sheila Kerr known as Doris (as Shelia Kerr)
    • Nick Dunning known as Doctor
    • Paschal Friel known as Jana (as Pascal Friel)
    • George McMahon known as Johnny
    • Gavin O'Connor known as Officer White / RUC Officer
    • Paul Kennedy known as RUC Officer
    • Gerry Doherty known as Fred – CID
    • Derek Halligan known as McFarlane
    • James Doran known as IRA Kidnapper
    • Michael Graham known as Officer Clark
    • Anthony Brophy known as Johnathan
    • Henry Deazley known as Soldier
    • Nathan Hughes known as Waiter
    • Karen Hassan known as Mother
    • Brigid Erin Bates known as Woman (as Bridgid Erin Bates)
    • Drew Thompson known as Check Point Officer
    • Seamus Ball known as Young Man's Father
    • Jonathan Harden known as Young Man's Brother
    • Alexandra Ford known as Nurse
    • Laurence Doherty known as Owner of raided house (uncredited)
    • Damian McDonald known as Medic (uncredited)

    ..{tab=Supporting Department}Makeup Department:

    • Kirstin Chalmers known as hair designer
    • Kirstin Chalmers known as makeup designer
    • Laura Lilley known as hair assistant
    • Laura Lilley known as makeup artist
    • Waldo Mason known as corpse effects
    • Clare Ramsey known as personal makeup artist: Sir Ben Kingsley
    • Clare Ramsey known as prosthetic supplier
    • Sian Wilson known as hair trainee
    • Sian Wilson known as makeup trainee

    Art Department:

    • Jim Barr known as dressing prop
    • Bryony Birkbeck known as production buyer
    • Dermot Blighe known as stand-by props
    • Julia Castle known as art department coordinator
    • Alan Chesters known as construction manager
    • Michael Cullen known as dressing prop
    • McCoy Dan known as painter
    • Sara Hayward known as stand-by art director
    • Tommy Hilland known as painter
    • Leon McCarthy known as assistant art director
    • Anne-Louise McGinnis known as art department runner
    • Amy Merry known as graphic designer
    • Chris Moore known as stand-by props
    • McNally Neil known as props trainee
    • David Rowney known as art department trainee
    • Paul Stewart known as property master


    Production Companies:

    • Handmade International (presents) (as Handmade International Films)
    • Future Films (producer)
    • Brightlight Pictures (produced in association with)
    • Future Films Production Services (produced in association with)
    • Altitude Entertainment (produced in association with)
    • SBK Pictures (produced in association with) (as SBK Pictures Limited)
    • Skogland Films (produced in association with)
    • Téléfilm Canada (produced with the participation of) (as Telefilm Canada)
    • Northern Ireland Screen (produced with the participation of)
    • Grove Media Finance (produced with the participation of) (as Grove Media Finance Limited)
    • Horizon Media Fund (produced with the participation of)
    • Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit (CPTC) (produced with the participation of)

    Other Companies:

    • ARRI Media  camera equipment
    • Axis Films  camera equipment
    • BBC Motion Gallery  footage provided by
    • Background, The  group adr and voice casting
    • Compuhire  24 frame playback
    • De Lane Lea  adr facility (as DeLane Lea)
    • Eastside Communications  publicity: Germany)
    • Film Finances Canada  completion guarantor
    • Kodak  motion picture film supplied by
    • Line 21 Media Services Ltd.  closed captioning
    • Line 21 Media Services Ltd.  combined dialogue, continuity & spotting list
    • Line 21 Media Services Ltd.  post-production script
    • MovieScore Media  soundtrack
    • Production Depot  camera equipment provided by
    • Screen Scene  adr facility
    • Sharpe Sound Studios  audio post-production
    • Shoot NI  phones and walkie talkies
    • Sonic Magic  sound post-production
    • Soundtrack  ADR Facility
    • Technicolor Creative Services  digital intermediate (as Technicolor Creative Services, Vancouver)
    • Technicolor Creative Services  dailies services (as Technicolor Creative Services, London)


    • Cathay-Keris Films (2009) (Singapore) (theatrical)
    • European Film Partners (EFP) (2009) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
    • Metrodome Distribution (2009) (UK) (theatrical)
    • Phase 4 Films (2009) (USA) (theatrical)
    • TVA Films (2009) (Canada) (theatrical)
    • Zon Lusomundo Audiovisuais (2009) (Portugal) (theatrical)
    • Ascot Elite Home Entertainment (2009) (Germany) (DVD)
    • FS Film Oy (2009) (Finland) (all media)
    • Film1 (2010) (Netherlands) (TV) (limited)
    • Imagem Filmes (2009) (Brazil) (DVD)
    • Indies Home Entertainment (2010) (Netherlands) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
    • Indies Home Entertainment (2010) (Netherlands) (DVD) (retail)
    • Metrodome Video Ltd. (2009) (UK) (DVD)
    • Metrodome Video Ltd. (2009) (UK) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
    • Movie Bank (2009) (Netherlands) (DVD) (rental)
    • Odeon (2011) (Greece) (all media)
    • Phase 4 Films (2009) (USA) (DVD)
    • Phase 4 Films (2009) (USA) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
    • Roadshow Entertainment (2010) (Australia) (DVD)
    • Svensk Filmindustri (SF) (2009) (Sweden) (DVD)

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    Special Effects:

    • Technicolor Creative Services (visual effects) (as Technicolor Creative Services, Vancouver)

    Visual Effects by:

    • Dan Brittain known as digital compositor
    • Christopher Elke known as visual effects producer: Technicolor Vancouver
    • John Fukushima known as digital compositor
    • Doug Oddy known as visual effects supervisor
    • Persis Reynolds known as visual effects executive producer: Technicolor Vancouver
    • Matt Yeoman known as digital compositor

    Release Date:

    • Canada 10 September 2008 (Toronto International Film Festival)
    • Germany 5 February 2009 (European Film Market)
    • Turkey 6 April 2009 (Istanbul Film Festival)
    • Ireland 10 April 2009
    • UK 10 April 2009
    • Bulgaria 17 April 2009
    • Israel 23 April 2009
    • USA May 2009 (Seattle International Film Festival)
    • Greece 11 June 2009
    • Brazil 24 June 2009 (DVD premiere)
    • Singapore 9 July 2009
    • Sweden 29 July 2009 (DVD premiere)
    • Canada 31 July 2009 (limited)
    • USA 8 August 2009 (Rhode Island International Film Festival)
    • Netherlands 20 August 2009
    • USA 21 August 2009
    • Spain 13 November 2009
    • Kuwait 26 August 2010
    • Portugal 30 September 2010
    • Germany 30 September 2011 (DVD premiere)

    MPAA: Rated R for strong brutal violence and torture, language and some sexuality


    Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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