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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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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 14 wins & 25 nominations. See more awards »



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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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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 tune being played by the band in the "Hooker Bar" scene is an old Irish melody first documented by Alexander Stuart in 1726, named 'Gilderoy'. It was to become famous in the late 19th century as "The Star of the County Down" by Cathal Mac Garvey. 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 »


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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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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