Resurrection Man (1998)





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Eoin McNamee based the screenplay for this drama on his own novel, which was itself based on real-life Protestant paramilitaries known as "The Shankill Butchers," who used the cover of sectarian violence in Northern Ireland to mask their often homicidal crimes. Set in Northern Ireland of 1975, the story opens with a killing by young psycho Victor Kelly (Stuart Townsend) and his gang, known as the Resurrection Men. The city lives in fear, and TV coverage perks the interest of journalist Ryan (James Nesbitt) and his associate Coppinger (James Ellis). Older hood McLure (Sean McGinley) hires Victor and his gang to do some dirty work, but local cop Herbie (Derek Thompson) enters the picture to put pressure on gang member Hascksaw (B.J. Hogg). As Victor's wildness escalates, Ryan uses words to weave a media myth around Victor's behavior. Meanwhile, McLure makes plans to destroy Victor. The Irish settings for this film actually were shot in Manchester, Warringon, and Liverpool. ~ Bhob Stewart, Rovi
R (adult situations/language, sex, violence)
Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Stuart Townsend
as Victor Kelly
Geraldine O'Rawe
as Heather Graham
John Hannah
as Darkie Larche
Brenda Fricker
as Dorcas Kelly
James Ellis
as Ivor Coppinger
Sean McGinley
as Sammy Mclure
Derek Thompson
as Herbie Ferguson
Zara Turner
as Dr. Elizabeth Ryan
B.J. Hogg
as Hacksaw
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Maybe it was because of the heavy Irish accent. Maybe the film turned out to be more about gangsters than IRA. Maybe the film was mainly targeted at Irish or British audiences. I find it rather raw, obscure & uninteresting.


Belfast, in 1970s. Victor Kelly is a young protestant man who hates the Catholics so much that one night he begins to brutally murder them... Great movie!

John Trifiletti
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