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Veronica Guerin (2003)

An Irish journalist writes a series of stories about drug dealers.

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Cast

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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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Why would anyone want to kill Veronica Guerin?


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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:

£271,996 (UK) (11 July 2003)

Gross:

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

Joan Allen was set to star as Veronica Guerin when John Mackenzie was still attached to direct. Allen had already played a thinly veiled version of Guerin in When the Sky Falls (2000) which Mackenzie directed. See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 25 mins) When we see Veronica through the sunroof of her car after she is shot, a hand is visible in the lower right corner of the sunroof, moving in and out of the shot. It appears to be a crew member's hand. See more »

Quotes

Veronica Guerin: It'll be worse for me, and it'll be worse for journalism or any journalist if I was to be intimidated. Then that means they've won, and they're not going to win.
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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 »

Connections

References Ordinary Decent Criminal (2000) See more »

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Funeral Song
Written by Harry Gregson-Williams, Hugh Marsh, Patrick Cassidy and Trevor Horn
Produced by Trevor Horn
Performed by Sinéad O'Connor
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Good but not great
3 August 2004 | by (Washington, DC) – See all my reviews

What a woman she was! Let's start off with good points. I think this movie had a great cast. I think everyone was perfect. The problem probably comes with the filmmakers being American. I'm an American so I think I'm qualified to say this. Sometimes you need to be from the same culture to understand subtle and cultural things that are not evident to the naked eye so to speak. The movie somehow doesn't delve deep enough for us to understand why Guerin takes these incredible risks. Perhaps we should have learned more about her background to understand this unflinching courage she had. It may have also been beneficial to make the underworld figures she encounters more layered. Either way, it is a good introductory film to this incredible woman. Perhaps a homespun filmmaker can make another movie about her. I reiterate that I thought the casting was terrific! Cate Blanchett is one in a million. I felt her performance was oscar caliber.


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