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An unorthodox Irish policeman with a confrontational personality is partnered with an up-tight F.B.I. agent to investigate an international drug-smuggling ring.
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Aidan McBride
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Michael Og Lane ...
Eugene Moloney (as Mícheál Óg Lane)
Billy Devaney
Eileen Boyle
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Sergeant Gerry Boyle is a small-town Irish cop with a confrontational personality, a subversive sense of humor, a dying mother, a fondness for prostitutes, and absolutely no interest whatsoever in the international cocaine-smuggling ring that has brought straight-laced FBI agent Wendell Everett to his door. Written by Element Pictures

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The FBI are about to discover that things work a little different around here.


Comedy | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

7 July 2011 (Ireland)  »

Also Known As:

El irlandés  »

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Box Office


$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$76,834 (USA) (29 July 2011)


$5,359,774 (USA) (3 February 2012)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The pier where Cornell bribes Stanton and Moody is the same pier that is in the photograph behind Boyle in the scene in which Everett is leaving town See more »


Sgt Boyle wears sergeant's chevrons on his uniform sleeve but wears the shoulder boards of a regular Garda (officer). See more »


Sergeant Gerry Boyle: Are the lights growing dim?
Liam O'Leary: Don't mock me.
Sergeant Gerry Boyle: It's good enough for ya.
Liam O'Leary: There's so many... so many things I wanted to do.
Sergeant Gerry Boyle: Like what for fuck's sake? Running with the bulls at Pamplona?
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Protecting comedy
8 September 2011 | by See all my reviews

I really don't like those phrases but this movie deserves the "instant classic" tag in my book. B. Gleeson is just amazing and seeing Don Cheadle having a role where he is actually acting is a treat in itself too. He has shown so much potential (Hotel Rwanda to name but one movie), but has done quite a few awful movies too, that I always relish him in the ones that actually are good.

But it's the Gleeson show here and the guy shows he can carry a movie alone. He is funny, witty and his character is quite hard to define. Actually a sort of Dujardin "OSS 117", but more realistically and more cynically I guess. Or if you want to go old school, Pink Panther it is. There is not enough good words I can say about this, so I suggest you go ahead and watch it yourself :o)

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