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Veronica Guerin (2003)

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

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Bernie Guerin
Don Wycherley ...
Barry Barnes ...
Graham Turley
Simon O'Driscoll ...
Cathal Turley
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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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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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Composer Harry Gregson-Williams heard a boy (Brian O'Donnell) singing on the street for money in Dublin when he arrived to spend a few days on the set of the film. Later, he tracked the boy down again and recorded him singing six or seven folk songs acapella in a quiet alley. Gregson-Williams chose "Fields of Athenry" from the recording and added his own music around the song. See more »

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Tony Gregory has not worn a tie in public since his election in 1982. It has caused much debate in the Irish Parliament because of its dress code. See more »

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[to an informer who is bound and gagged in a derelict flat]
Martin Cahill: [genially but menacingly] Ah Jamey, Jamey, Jamey. You're an awful man, d'you know that? What did you have to go and shoot your mouth off to the Gards about me for? Did you think I wouldn't find out it was you? You know, I was thinking about killing you. And then I thought to myself, you know, sure, people get killed every day - and nobody gives a shite. So I've decided I'm going to have to hurt you a bit.
Jamey the Tout: [mumbling through gag] Jesus, no!
Martin Cahill:
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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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References Mary Poppins (1964) See more »

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One More Day
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 Joel Schumacher effort
8 March 2004 | by (Switzerland) – See all my reviews

I've been revaluing Joel Schumacher as a director for some years. I was used to think he was just a typical Hollywood movie maker. But I understood this man does commercial features whenever he needs money ("Batman forever", "Batman & Robin", "The client", "A time to kill"), as he gets it he manages to do good and more personal films.

In fact his mainstream movies are quite boring and mannered. Fortunately Schumacher is much better with more alternative or low-budget films ("Falling down", "Tigerland", "Phone booth"). "Veronica Guerin" belongs to this category.

I'm also happy, in this case, that a blockbuster producer like Jerry Bruckheimer manages not to spoil the movie with artificial tricks.

Veronica Guerin seems to me a symbol of Irish tragicalness. I mean, the tragicalness you can find in works of James Joyce and Oscar Wilde, in stories and legends of Ireland as well. Sadly, her story is true.

The film has the right speed in presenting all the facts, it is simple and well acted -Cate Blanchett's performance is outstanding.

Maybe Joel Schumacher, in the final part, looses a little the sense of rhythm because he wants us to be moved and touched (and we are, indeed. Because it's a shame that a woman and a brave journalist as well had to pay that price). But it's a true story, as I said. The film is valid because it denounces the "conspiracy of silence" and inaction from authorities.


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