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Fifty Dead Men Walking

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jaybee2786 said:
I am downloading the movie has anyone seen it yet or read the book.

LINK: http://www.movieset.com/movieset/bl...dead-men-walking-toward-toronto-film-festival
I have read the book. It is not bad but you need to remember he is trying to justify doing something that a lot of people in his community find abhorrent so he does big himself up a bit. There are a couple of incidents in his book that I know to be accurate. How much of the rest is I don't really have a clue.

The movie has been very much "Hollywoodised". To the extent that McGartland made them change "based on" to "inspired by" as he felt it was no where near an accurate or realistic account.
 
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LEGZ30 said:
jaybee2786 said:
I am downloading the movie has anyone seen it yet or read the book.

LINK: http://www.movieset.com/movieset/bl...dead-men-walking-toward-toronto-film-festival
I have read the book. It is not bad but you need to remember he is trying to justify doing something that a lot of people in his community find abhorrent so he does big himself up a bit. There are a couple of incidents in his book that I know to be accurate. How much of the rest is I don't really have a clue.

The movie has been very much "Hollywoodised". To the extent that McGartland made them change "based on" to "inspired by" as he felt it was no where near an accurate or realistic account.
I've not seen this film as yet. As has been said in this post he put a bit of distance between himself and the finished product. I believe that he does a voiceover to clarify his position.

I surmise that the film is based on his two books the second being, Dead Man Running, both of which I read with great interest. Frankly I like the guy. He's a likeable 'Del Boy' figure, an opportunist that even when on a task he could be found flogging 'hookey' goods from a suitcase. Very streetwise and possesses a natural street awareness that some folks would take weeks on specialist courses to achieve.

Having been sent into the American equivalent of a 'witness protection' programme, he was soon back on 'the street' dealing with folks on the margins of regular society and which is how contracted villians operating on behalf of PIRA found him. He's lucky to be still alive.

Hopefully we'll have learned a lesson from it all. Buying a house and handing someone a £100k, telling them to keep their head down isn't quite the answer. But that was the best on offer in those times. Good luck to the lad. He's sacrificed a lot.
 

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