Fifty Dead Men Walking

Synopsis: 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.
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Director(s): Kari Skogland
Production: Phase 4 Films
  7 wins & 6 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
117 min

If the peelers catch you this time,

that's it, man. You're fucked.

Sean, tell me you didn't

steal that car.

I didn't steal that car.

I knew someone like him could make

a real difference.

All I had to do was convince him.

Where you off to, lads?

Aye, we're just going to the shops,

you know.

-All right. Name?

-Mickey Mouse.

-Mickey, what street are you from?

-Sesame Street.

No, it's Disneyland. Mickey Mouse

is Disneyland.

Aye, right, Disneyland, eh?

Yeah, yeah, yeah, where are you going?

Didn't you hear him, man? We're, like

we're just going to the shops a second.

Me sister's birthday's coming up. We're

getting her a present. Is that okay?

-Just a wee bike, aye?


You fucking hard of hearing?

Mickey Mouse.

What are you doing? What, are you

going to shoot him, is that it?

Oh, now you're going to shoot me?

First you, and now it's me?

Go ahead, man.


Go on, man, fire away.

Fucking shoot me, man.

Is someone going to do something

about this psycho here?

It's all right.

Put it down.

Wait! After them, lads!

Come on, move it!


This way, let's go!


Come on!

After doing 90 on the Shankill,

your mate Sean spun out...

took off before the officers

chasing him could say "wanker."

I gather you're in sales.

A bloke like you

gets around the area.

Not me, man. I make

it a point to see nothing.

How about easy cash...

the kind that doesn't see you going

to jail for selling stolen goods?

I show you some faces, you tell us

what you see them doing.

What makes you think that

I would be a tout for anybody?

The comings and goings of neighbours

is not exactly being an informer...

or a "tout, " as you call it.

A car. No record.

Not even on police files yet.

Martin didn't go for any of our usual

offers or threats.

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Martin McGartland

Martin McGartland (born 30 January 1970, Belfast, Northern Ireland) is a former British informer who infiltrated the Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA) in 1989 to pass information to RUC Special Branch. When he was exposed as an informer in 1991 he was abducted by the IRA, but escaped and was resettled in England. His identity became publicly known after a minor court case. He was later shot six times by a gunman, but recovered from the injuries. He has written two books about his life, Fifty Dead Men Walking: The Terrifying True Story of a IRA grass and Dead Man Running. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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