Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Video

ON DISC
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.
Reviews
Popularity
4,525 ( 225)
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 14 wins & 25 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Calvary (2014)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

After he is threatened during a confession, a good-natured priest must battle the dark forces closing in around him.

Director: John Michael McDonagh
Stars: Brendan Gleeson, Chris O'Dowd, Kelly Reilly
In Bruges (2008)
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Guilt-stricken after a job gone wrong, hitman Ray and his partner await orders from their ruthless boss in Bruges, Belgium, the last place in the world Ray wants to be.

Director: Martin McDonagh
Stars: Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson, Ciarán Hinds
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A struggling screenwriter inadvertently becomes entangled in the Los Angeles criminal underworld after his oddball friends kidnap a gangster's beloved Shih Tzu.

Director: Martin McDonagh
Stars: Colin Farrell, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell
Four Lions (2010)
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Four incompetent British jihadists set out to train for and commit an act of terror.

Director: Christopher Morris
Stars: Will Adamsdale, Riz Ahmed, Adeel Akhtar
Six Shooter (2004)
Comedy | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A black and bloody Irish comedy about a sad train journey where an older man, whose wife has died that morning, encounters a strange and possibly psychotic young oddball....

Director: Martin McDonagh
Stars: Brendan Gleeson, Rúaidhrí Conroy, David Wilmot
Comedy | Crime | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A murder mystery brings together a private eye, a struggling actress, and a thief masquerading as an actor.

Director: Shane Black
Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Val Kilmer, Michelle Monaghan
Filth I (2013)
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A corrupt, junkie cop with Borderline Personality Disorder attempts to manipulate his way through a promotion in order to win back his wife and daughter while also fighting his own borderline-fueled inner demons.

Director: Jon S. Baird
Stars: James McAvoy, Jamie Bell, Eddie Marsan
In the Loop (2009)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A political satire about a group of skeptical American and British operatives attempting to prevent a war between two countries.

Director: Armando Iannucci
Stars: Tom Hollander, Peter Capaldi, James Gandolfini
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A case of mistaken identity lands Slevin into the middle of a war being plotted by two of the city's most rival crime bosses: The Rabbi and The Boss. Slevin is under constant surveillance by relentless Detective Brikowski as well as the infamous assassin Goodkat and finds himself having to hatch his own ingenious plot to get them before they get him.

Director: Paul McGuigan
Stars: Josh Hartnett, Ben Kingsley, Morgan Freeman
RocknRolla (2008)
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

In London, a real-estate scam puts millions of pounds up for grabs, attracting some of the city's scrappiest tough guys and its more established underworld types, all of whom are looking to get rich quick. While the city's seasoned criminals vie for the cash, an unexpected player -- a drugged out rock 'n' roller presumed to be dead but very much alive -- has a multi-million dollar prize fall into... See full summary »

Director: Guy Ritchie
Stars: Gerard Butler, Tom Wilkinson, Idris Elba
Phone Booth (2002)
Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Stuart Shepard finds himself trapped in a phone booth, pinned down by an extortionist's sniper rifle.

Director: Joel Schumacher
Stars: Colin Farrell, Kiefer Sutherland, Forest Whitaker
Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

On a lonely country road, James Mangan hears a voice from his past and comes to realise he is damned.

Director: John Michael McDonagh
Stars: Liam Cunningham, Michelle Fairley, Aidan Gillen
Edit

Cast

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 ...
Young Man in Car
Christopher Kilmartin ...
Young Man in Car
...
...
Aidan McBride
Declan Mannlen ...
James McCormick (as Declan Mannion)
...
Photographer
Michael Og Lane ...
Eugene Moloney (as Mícheál Óg Lane)
...
...
Billy Devaney
...
Eileen Boyle
...
Doctor Oleyuwo
...
Edit

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

| |  »

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

7 July 2011 (Ireland)  »

Also Known As:

El irlandés  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$5,359,774 (USA) (3 February 2012)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The boat wanted by the police and where it's shipped the drug is called "Annabel Lee", named like the poem created in 1849 by Edgan Allan Poe. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Garda Aidan McBride: You got a call from Galway. You're to head in tonight to attend a briefing from a fella who's over from the FBI. Special Agent Wendell Everett.
Sergeant Gerry Boyle: So what?
Garda Aidan McBride: Maybe it's about the murder. Maybe he's got a psychological profile on the killer or something.
Sergeant Gerry Boyle: It's drug smuggling. Either that or they've had another fuckin' sighting of Whitey Bulger at some fuckin' museum.
See more »

Connections

Featured in Maltin on Movies: Contraband (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Leaving on a Jet Plane
Written by John Denver
Performed by John Denver
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
Gleeson commands the screen from start to finish. Hilarious.
18 June 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Michael McDonagh is the brother of one of the funniest writers in the world just now. Like him, he is a foul mouthed upstart with a unique ability to investigate Irishness with tremendous energy and vividness.

I was lucky enough to attend the premiere in Edinburgh this week and enjoyed what is another great addition to the McDonagh canon of work.

Inevitably it has to be compared to the superior In Bruges but this is no lightweight cast off. Particularly when it one again focuses on a heavyweight performance by Irish heavyweight, Brendan Gleeson. In "In Bruges" Gleeson had to battle for compliments against Colin Farrell who has never performed better and had most of the best lines. Not here. This is all Gleeson, ably abetted by Don Cheadle as the Black FBI agent drafted in on the back of a glittering career to track down a bunch of slightly bungling drug runners in sleepy old Conemarra - Gleeson's patch.

Gleeson and Cheadle spar well and develop a likable relationship, despite this it's not the heart of the movie; that belongs, again, to Gleeson in a tour de force performance.

Cheadle's good and is a great foil. The baddies are less well developed characters and, for my taste, were slightly too caricaturised.

It's not a life changing film but it has to be seen for Gleeson's complete mastery of McDonagh's marvellous script.


93 of 113 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Had to walk out... roryms
totaly overrated andreaskomochar-1
DICTIONARY! yomamasmilkman
Best Joke? dmurilloroman
The Guard dedalus-16
Understood about half the dialog... aleugene
Discuss The Guard (2011) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?