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The Guard (2011)

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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ronan Collins ...
Young Man in Car
Paraic Nialand ...
Young Man in Car
John Patrick Beirne ...
Young Man in Car
Liam O'Conghaile ...
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Christopher Kilmartin ...
Young Man in Car
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Aidan McBride
Declan Mannlen ...
James McCormick (as Declan Mannion)
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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
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Doctor Oleyuwo
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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.

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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)  »

Also Known As:

El irlandés  »

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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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The film's director and writer, John Michael McDonagh, is the brother of Martin McDonagh, who had directed Gleeson in the Oscar-winning Six Shooter (2004) and the critically acclaimed In Bruges (2008). 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

Gerry Stanton: [while Clive Cornell is handing the bent coppers a briefcase of money] It's all there, yeah?
Clive Cornell: Excuse me?
Gerry Stanton: It's all there?
Clive Cornell: No, it's not. I've skimmed a couple of grand off the top.
Gerry Stanton: What?
Clive Cornell: 'Course it's fucking all there. This is the pay-off, yeah? We pay you off, you and your pals keep your fucking noses out of our business. That's the dynamic in this situation. Why the fuck would I then cheat you out your money? Eh? Why would I do that? That doesn't make any sense. That'd defeat the entire purpose ...
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Written by Harold Stott and Giuseppe Cassia
Performed by Middle of the Road
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Film defence
10 August 2011 | by (Belfast, United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I must take issue with the bobbowhite review.

As a citizen of Ireland I can safely say that this film is easy to understand and accents should not be adjusted just so that USA folk can follow.

If an English MP can find the film enjoyable and recommend it to her 35,000+ twitter followers, then no-one should complain.

The scenery is superb.

The characters just right for the West of Ireland as I remember it.

The whole scope of the current Irish populace is contained in the film and age old attitudes subtly dealt with.


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