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The Guard (2011)

R  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Thriller  |  7 July 2011 (Ireland)
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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 ...
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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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Aidan McBride
Declan Mannlen ...
James McCormick (as Declan Mannion)
Michael Og Lane ...
Eugene Moloney (as Mícheál Óg Lane)
Francis Sheehy-Skeffington
Billy Devaney
Eileen Boyle
Wale Ojo ...
Doctor Oleyuwo


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 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 »


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 »


Sergeant Gerry Boyle: You've taken' somethin'.
Eugene Moloney: I have not.
Sergeant Gerry Boyle: You've taken somethin'. You didn't even act surprised, for fuck sake!
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References  (1963) See more »


Everything Happens To Me
Written by Matt Dennis and Tom Adair
Performed by Chet Baker
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User Reviews

Expect to laugh and cringe at a glimpse of Irishness
29 July 2011 | by (Dundalk, Ireland) – See all my reviews

The guard is like lethal weapon if it was set in the west of Ireland. Unorthodox police work-yes, disregard for superiors -check, only thing is Sgt. Gerry Boyle has slightly less enthusiasm for action than Officer Riggs.

At times during this movie I had to turn away so no one would see me smiling at the few racist comments, slurs and generalizations. But I wasn't surprised to see behind me, no else in the cinema was holding back the laughter. It seems that it takes a lot for Irish people to find something offensive.

The rest of the characters were enjoyable to watch. They are a close representation of who you should expect to meet if you spend enough time in Ireland and will get you into some memorable 'situations'.

OK so this review is more about Ireland than the movie but I think to enjoy this movie you need to embrace both the story and culture of the country.

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