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The Guard (2011)

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An unorthodox Irish policeman with a confrontational personality is partnered with an up-tight F.B.I. agent to investigate an international drug-smuggling ring.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ronan Collins Ronan Collins ... Young Man in Car
Paraic Nialand Paraic Nialand ... Young Man in Car
John Patrick Beirne John Patrick Beirne ... Young Man in Car
Liam O'Conghaile Liam O'Conghaile ... Young Man in Car
Christopher Kilmartin Christopher Kilmartin ... Young Man in Car
Brendan Gleeson ... Gerry Boyle
Rory Keenan ... Aidan McBride
Declan Mannlen Declan Mannlen ... James McCormick (as Declan Mannion)
Laurence Kinlan ... Photographer
Michael Og Lane Michael Og Lane ... Eugene Moloney (as Mícheál Óg Lane)
Liam Cunningham ... Francis Sheehy-Skeffington
Owen Sharpe ... Billy Devaney
Fionnula Flanagan ... Eileen Boyle
Wale Ojo ... Doctor Oleyuwo
Don Cheadle ... FBI Agent Wendell Everett
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Sergeant Gerry Boyle is a small-town Irish cop with a confrontational personality, a subversive sense of humor, a dying mother, a fondness for prostitutes, and absolutely no interest whatsoever in the international cocaine-smuggling ring that has brought straight-laced FBI agent Wendell Everett to his door. Written by Element Pictures

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The FBI are about to discover that things work a little different around here.

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Comedy | Crime | Thriller

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Rated R for pervasive language, some violence, drug material and sexual content | See all certifications »

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Country:

Ireland

Language:

English | Irish

Release Date:

7 July 2011 (Ireland) See more »

Also Known As:

El irlandés See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$76,834, 31 July 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$5,359,774, 5 February 2012
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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O'Leary (David Wilmot) mentions Ned Kelly. The director, John Michael McDonagh, participated in the screenwriting of the movie adaptation of Ned Kelly's life, Ned Kelly (2003). See more »

Goofs

The diner Boyle meets the prostitute in is one of the "Eddie Rocket's" chain. They are joined by Francis Sheehy, carrying a bottle of "Corona Extra" beer. However, no alcoholic beverages are served at Eddie Rocket's at any time. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Sergeant Gerry Boyle: [red car speeds past his speed trap, tires screech, car crashes]
Sergeant Gerry Boyle: [finds drugs in the pocket of dead teen] I don't think your mammy would be too pleased about that now.
Sergeant Gerry Boyle: [walks aside and swallows one of the pills] What a beautiful fuckin' day.
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Leaving on a Jet Plane
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Performed by John Denver
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Either Smart or Stupid
14 August 2011 | by ferguson-6See all my reviews

Greetings again from the darkness. Writer/Director John Michael McDonagh is the brother of Martin McDonagh, who brought us the excellent In Bruges (which also starred Brendan Gleeson). I figured it best to say that upfront because there is no way to avoid comparisons of the two films. Clearly these men grew up in the same house and were trained in a brilliant method of writing dialogue.

Brendan Gleeson delivers a powerful and hilarious performance as a local cop (Garda) in rural Ireland. His Sgt Gerry Boyle is quite an enigma - he gets along great with locals, yet struggles to fit into society. This is never more apparent than when FBI Agent Wendell Everett (Don Cheadle) hits town on a drug smuggling investigation. The key to their relationship is crystallized at the moment an exasperated Agent Everett says to Boyle, 'I can't tell if you are really smart or really dumb'. Of course, I am paraphrasing because the F-word gets literally worn out in this movie. There aren't many lines I can actually quote in print. But the word rolls off Gleeson's tongue as if it's a work of art ... especially in conversation with his ailing mother, played well by the always terrific Fionnula Flanagan.

The international drug smugglers being chased are a trio led by Liam Cunningham and the always interesting Mark Strong. The endless rips, insults and jokes are fired rapidly at Americans, Brits and anyone unfortunate enough to hail from Dublin. Boyle uses his Irish background as a crutch for his racism and insensitivity. But he leaves no doubt about his expertise as a cop. Heck he even recognizes the importance of some 9 year old kid riding around on a pink bicycle. That's just another example of the off-center approach to story telling offered by McDonagh.

If you are a fan of In Bruges, Snatch, or Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, I think you will enjoy this one. It falls just short of that level, but not by much. Gleeson is outstanding and the story is simple enough, yet with plenty of twist, turns and hilarity.


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