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Veronica Guerin (2003)

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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
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

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

All the telephones have the American 'Single' ringing tone, rather than the correct 'double' ringing tone. 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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Referenced in The Making of 'The Phantom of the Opera' (2005) See more »

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Everlasting Love
Written by Buzz Cason and Mac Gayden
Published by Peter Maurice Ltd Co Ltd
Performed by U2
Courtesy of Universal-Island Records Limited
Licensed by kind permission from the Film & TV Licensing Division, Part of the Universal Music Group
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You'd do the same. If you saw those kids on the street, you would do the same.
30 June 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The assassination of Dublin crime reporter Veronica Guerin in 1996 shook Ireland to the core, her murder saw a public swell of determination to rid the country of its drug peddlers. Joel Schumacher's film is an in depth interpretation of the woman, her beliefs, her family life, her complexities and her stoicism to root out the drug barons putting liquid death into the arms of the many.

Thankfully avoiding Hollywood clichés, it's often gritty and well thought out, Schumacher and his writers, Carol Doyle and Mary Agnes Donoghue, don't soft soap the Guerin image, her faults are laid bare alongside her searing strengths. The dangers of her work are very prominent throughout, leading to some suspenseful and fearsome scenes. Cate Blanchett as Guerin is inspired casting, an actress capable of covering all facets of the human condition, and in support Ciaran Hinds, Gerard McSorley and Brenda Fricker give powerful performances. 8/10


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