• Released
  • August 21, 2009
  • R , 1 hr 58 min
  • Action/Adventure
Fifty Dead Men Walking Synopsis
A young man infiltrates the IRA for the British police until being exposed and tortured.
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The Hollywood Reporter

The decibels, energy and overall quality are high in writer-director Kari Skogland's Fifty Dead Men Walking, her supremely well-made,...
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Setting entirely aside the accuracy of the film, the IRA still has him marked for death, and indeed there was an attempt on his life in...
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The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

It's a pretty fine film, thanks largely to the performances (and look) of its crackerjack cast, as well as Jonathan Freeman's restless,...
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Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
Sharp, well-acted film.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Jim Sturgess (Across the Universe) makes a believable cocky lad who signs on for the con; an oddly bewigged Ben Kingsley is fussier and too...
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Los Angeles Times

Terrific performances and an array of kinetic action scenes help distinguish Fifty Dead Men Walking from the seemingly endless stream of...
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By Dan Jolin
Think Donnie Brasco, with the IRA instead of the Mafia. Jim Sturgess dominates with a star-making turn, although some stylistic slip-ups...
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New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Sturgess is solid and Kingsley predictably sneaky, but the atmosphere -- scurries through the Catholic/Protestant border, tense stand-offs,...
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Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
A richer movie might speculate on McGartland’s life now. How does a local hero survive in an anonymous void?
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Time Out New York

By David Fear
Kari Skogland’s flashy yet dead-on-arrival drama turns Belfast’s backstreet battlefields into music-video backgrounds.
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“FIFTY DEAD MEN WALKING” – Being a Double Agent can be TWICE as Troublesome & Painful! = Rating = 8.5 of 10 stars (based on an advance screening).

By jimchudnow
The Trouble in Northern Ireland impacted huge numbers of people. This film is based on the true story of a man recruited by the British to be a SECRET AGENT to insinuate himself into an IRA group,...

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By Drez_Digital
Tense Thrilling Chase For Survival...

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Rated R | For strong brutal violence and torture, language and some sexuality