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The Guard Release Date

11 May 2011 2:48 PM, PDT | | See recent TheMovieBit news »

Trailer to follow very shortly, and we’ll be doing something very cool closer to the release!!! Written and directed by John Michael McDonagh and starring Brendan Gleeson (In Bruges, Harry Potter, and The General) and Don Cheadle (Iron Man 2, Crash, and Hotel Rwanda). The Guard is a thriller-comedy set on the west coast of Ireland where Sergeant Gerry Boyle (Gleeson)  is a small-town cop with a confrontational personality, a subversive sense of humour, a dying mother, a fondness for prostitutes, and absolutely no interest whatsoever in the international cocaine-smuggling ring that has brought FBI agent Wendell Everett (Cheadle)to his door. The Guard also stars Liam Cunningham, Pat Shortt, Darren Healy, David Wilmot, Rory Keenan, Mark Strong, Fionnula Flanagan and Slovenian newcomer KatarinaCas. The Guard has already won critics and audiences over when it screened earlier this year at the renowned Sundance & Berlin film festivals. Screen Daily believes that “The Guard. »

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DVD Review: Savage

16 March 2011 4:15 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »


Stars: Darren Healy, Nora-Jane Noone | Written & Directed by Brendan Muldowney

The Irish. A bunch of drunks and fighters, as like to use your face as a bottle-opener as shake your hand, or so the stereotype goes. But that’s exactly the stance Savage takes toward the people, painting most of its characters as violent, unhinged thugs. The film follows freelance photographer Paul (Darren Healy)’s descent into mental instability – and ultimately, violence – after being mugged, beaten and even castrated in an alleyway.

A timid and passive character to begin with, the traumatic event reduces his manhood even further, causing him to start carrying a taser and flinch at passersby innocently asking him for the time. His father’s carer Michelle (Nora-Jane Noone) attempts to help him recover, but the wounds are too deep, and it’s only a matter of time before Paul does something drastic in order to restore his masculinity. »

- Mark Allen

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Competition: Five copies of ‘Savage’ to win on DVD

11 March 2011 3:00 AM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Released on DVD on March 14th, Savage is the debut feature from writer-director Brian Muldowney and stars Darren Healy (Disco Pigs; Layer Cake) and Nora-Jane Noone (The Day Of The Triffids; The Descent; The Magdalene Sisters) in a gritty and brutal “Straw Dogs”-meets-“Taxi Driver” exploration of violence, obsession and revenge that has been described as “uncompromising… utterly compelling… [and] not for the faint-hearted”.

Dubliner Paul Graynor (Darren Healy) works as a freelance press photographer, visually documenting the day-to-day events of a vibrant city that, like many others, is becoming increasingly hostile and threatening. What Paul doesn’t realise is he is about to become front-page tabloid news himself. Walking home alone at night after a date with Michelle (Nora-Jane Noone), the care worker who is responsible for looking after his ailing father, Paul is accosted and violently assaulted by two youths.

Left unconscious by his attackers, he awakes several »

- Phil

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Savage (2009) Movie Review

8 February 2011 11:35 AM, PST | Beyond Hollywood | See recent Beyond Hollywood news »

Irish indie production “Savage” marks the debut of writer-director Brian Muldowney, and is basically a “Taxi Driver” style tale of urban ills and revenge, showing a distinctly non-tourist friendly side to the streets of Dublin. The film features Darren Healy (“Disco Pigs”, “Layer Cake”) in the lead, with support from Nora-Jane Noone (“The Day of the Triffids”, “The Descent”) and various nasty looking young thugs. Having enjoyed a measure of critical praise at festivals, the film now arrives on region 2 DVD via High Fliers Films, coming complete with commentary by and a Q&A session with Muldowney, plus cast auditions. Healy stars as Dubliner Paul Graynor, a press photographer whose trade often brings him into contact with the worst of humanity. One night, walking home after a date with his elderly father’s care worker Michelle (Noone), the poor man is attacked by a couple of particularly vicious youths, who »

- James Mudge

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Sony Pictures Classics Acquires The Guard

25 January 2011 | | See recent news »

Sony Pictures Classics has acquired Us and Latin American rights to the action comedy The Guard , written and directed by John Michael McDonagh and starring Brendan Gleeson as an unorthodox Irish policeman who joins forces with a straitlaced FBI agent, played by Don Cheadle, to take on an international drug-smuggling gang. Review: Read our review from the Sundance Film Festival! The deal was negotiated on behalf of the producers by Rena Ronson and David Flynn of UTA and Metropolis Film Sales with Sony Pictures Classics. The Guard also stars Liam Cunningham, David Wilmot, Rory Keenan with Mark Strong, Fionnula Flanagan and Dominique McElligott, Sarah Greene, Slovenian newcomer Katarina Cas, Pat Shortt and Darren Healy. The Guard is produced by Reprisal's Chris »

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