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Veronica Guerin (2003)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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
Charles Bowden


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 <>

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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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Release Date:

17 October 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Chasing the Dragon: The Veronica Guerin Story  »

Box Office


$17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£271,996 (UK) (11 July 2003)


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

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A daily Irish newspaper recently reported that Portlaoise prison (where John Gilligan and Brian Meehan are incarcerated) screens the movie at least once a month in the prison common hall at the request of the prisoners. See more »


When Veronica Guerin is telling Tattooed Boy about Eric Cantona she says his birthday is 26 May 1966. It is in fact 24 May 1966. See more »


Veronica Guerin: You think I want to do this, do ya? I don't want to do it, I have to do it!
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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 »


Referenced in The Making of 'The Phantom of the Opera' (2005) See more »


Written by Adrian Thaws
Published by Universal-Island Music Ltd.
Performed by Tricky
Courtesy of Universal-Island Records Limited
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Cate Blanchett Exposes Hollywood
15 December 2005 | by (Philadelphia) – See all my reviews

Just as Veronica Guerin exposed Ireland's underworld drug dealers, Cate Blanchett's marvelous portrayal of Irish journalist-turned-anti-drug-crusader Veronica Guerin seemed to have the actress on a mission to prove that you don't have to look like a pop diva or act like a porn star to be a compelling female lead in a film.

Like many films with an ethnic flavor, we get a supporting cast of ethnic actors in slightly elevated roles from the norm. Most notable from that category are Gerard McSorley as the evil drug-lord, John Gilligan, and Ciaran Hands as street thug John Traynor, who plays both sides of the fence throughout the film.

The story is painful, not only because of what happens to Guerin, but in our knowing that her courage is a direct reaction to our general apathy towards wrongdoing, with so many of us looking the other way that the Veronica Guerins of the world are encouraged to fight evil after the fact, but left as sitting ducks or thrown to the wolves while they are still alive and making noise.

If there's one lesson every viewer of this film should exit with, it is that those of us who are not part of the solution, are part of the problem.

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