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Veronica Guerin (2003)

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An Irish journalist is assassinated by drug dealers she wrote about in a series of stories.

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Bernie Guerin
Don Wycherley ...
Barry Barnes ...
Graham Turley
Simon O'Driscoll ...
Cathal Turley
Emmet Bergin ...
Charlotte Bradley ...
Anne Harris
Mark Lambert ...
Willie Kealy
Garrett Keogh ...
Tony Gregory
Maria McDermottroe ...
Geraldine Gilligan
Paudge Behan ...
Brian Meehan
Joe Hanley ...
Eugene 'Dutchie' Holland
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Charles Bowden
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Storyline

Based on a true story, this is about the Irish journalist Veronica Guerin (Cate Blanchett), a reporter for The Sunday Independent, who exposed some of Dublin's most powerful crime barons and drug lords in 1996. But later that year she was gunned down by assasins hired by the same criminal drug lords she exposed. Written by Andreas Furumo <andreas.furumo@bredband.net>

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

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17 October 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Chasing the Dragon: The Veronica Guerin Story  »

Box Office

Budget:

$17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$611,276 (USA) (17 October 2003)

Gross:

$1,569,918 (USA) (28 November 2003)
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Trivia

While watching a football match together, Veronica (Cate Blanchett) tells to the "Tattooed Boy" ('Colin Farrell') that "once she met Eric Cantona" (famous football player from the '90s). Blanchett and Cantona worked together in Elizabeth (1998). See more »

Goofs

In one of the night shots of the exterior of Veronica's home, an owl can be heard 'hooting' in the distance. This is the call of the Tawny owl, which although common in Britain, is not found in Ireland. See more »

Quotes

Veronica Guerin: You'd do the same. If you saw those kids on the street, you would do the same.
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Disclaimer in closing credits: "Chris Mulligan is a fictional composite character based in part on several different people, and certain events in which the character is depicted have been fictionalised for dramatic effect." See more »

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Featured in Inside the Actors Studio: Episode #10.3 (2003) See more »

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Aftermath
Written by Adrian Thaws
Published by Universal-Island Music Ltd.
Performed by Tricky
Courtesy of Universal-Island Records Limited
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Solid True-Story Irish Crime Tale
19 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Cate Blanchett has done it again - played someone you can't take your eyes off of, and not because she's a classic beauty but she's just a good actress and plays such intense roles. Here, she's the single-minded outraged Irish reporter out to expose the drug trafficking in Ireland in the mid 1990s. Yes, it's based on a real person, a very real Veronica Guerin, who took her life in her hands with her desire to have this problem taken care off so the kids in her country wouldn't have such easy access to harmful drugs.

According to the film story, the drug problem was ignored or the police were just ineffective in dealing with it, so Guerin goes after the mob as an investigative reporter. Her husband pleads with her to stop, knowing she could easily be killed. The gangsters were tough and realistically portrayed on film. There is no talk-now-shoot-later nonsense. You mess with them, you will pay. That's the message they give Guerin and you'll have to see the film to find out what happened.

Yup, this is an attention-getter from the start and especially with Blanchett in the lead. A good story and highly recommended.


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