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The Guard (2011)

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An unorthodox Irish policeman with a confrontational personality is teamed up with an uptight FBI agent to investigate an international drug-smuggling ring.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Paraic Nialand ...
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John Patrick Beirne ...
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Liam O'Conghaile ...
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Christopher Kilmartin ...
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Gerry Boyle
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Aidan McBride
Declan Mannlen ...
James McCormick (as Declan Mannion)
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Michael Og Lane ...
Eugene Moloney (as Mícheál Óg Lane)
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Francis Sheehy-Skeffington
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Billy Devaney
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Eileen Boyle
Wale Ojo ...
Doctor Oleyuwo
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Storyline

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.

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Comedy | Crime | Thriller

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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)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

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

According to the audio commentary, the uniform that Sergeant Boyle puts on for the movie's end is not a ceremonial dress uniform, but an older Garda uniform that was retired in the 1980s. This is however incorrect, the tunic and old style hat and trousers were removed from front-line operational use in the early 1990s and replaced with just a shirt and jacket. It is still issued and used for certain ceremonial occasions such as graduation ceremonies. See more »

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When swimming in the sea Gerry has no gloves and cold red hands. On emerging from the sea to greet Wendell he is wearing wet suit gloves. See more »

Quotes

Sergeant Gerry Boyle: There were gay lads in the IRA?
Colum Hennessey: Mmm... one or two.
[Shrugs]
Colum Hennessey: It was the only way we could successfully infiltrate the MI5.
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Featured in Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #2.23 (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

The Parting Glass
Traditional arrangements by Liam Clancy, Pat Clancy and Tommy Makem
Performed by Liam Clancy
Courtesy of the Liam Clancy Estate
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Gleeson makes it great
25 August 2011 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

An unorthodox small-town police sergeant (Brendan Gleeson) locks horns with an erudite crew of drug-runners and a bemused FBI agent (Don Cheadle). The Guard, easily one of the best I've seen this year, skilfully blends bleak drama, absurdest comedy and surprising thrills, often within the same scene. John Michael McDonagh hits the ball out of the park with his excellent screenplay and slightly Sergio Leone-esque direction, and the superb cast dig into their frequently outstanding dialogue with relish. But it's Brendan Gleeson who makes this film a small masterpiece. I never thought he could top In Bruges but he is even better here. His character is the biggest smart-alec you've ever seen and Gleeson is a constant delight to watch. I can't think of any other actor who could play this particular role so well. His remarkably subtle facial expressions, the way he uses his physicality, not a single gesture is wasted or superfluous. Daniel Day Lewis couldn't have done better, and that's high praise indeed. A must-see.


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