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The Guard -- An Irish policeman joins forces with a strait-laced FBI agent to take down an international drug smuggling gang in Ireland.
The Guard -- 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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The FBI are about to discover that things work a little different around here.
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
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

Brendan Gleeson ... Gerry Boyle

Rory Keenan ... Aidan McBride
Declan Mannlen ... James McCormick (as Declan Mannion)

Laurence Kinlan ... Photographer
Michael Og Lane ... Eugene Moloney (as Mícheál Óg Lane)

Liam Cunningham ... Francis Sheehy-Skeffington

Owen Sharpe ... Billy Devaney

Fionnula Flanagan ... Eileen Boyle

Wale Ojo ... Doctor Oleyuwo

Don Cheadle ... FBI agent Wendell Everett
Mark O'Halloran ... Garda No. 1
Gary Lydon ... Gerry Stanton
Darren Healy ... Jimmy Moody
Conor Moloney ... Detective
Laura Hitchings ... Female Garda

David Wilmot ... Liam O'Leary

Mark Strong ... Clive Cornell

Katarina Cas ... Gabriela McBride

Sarah Greene ... Sinead Mulligan

Dominique McElligott ... Aoife O'Carroll
Sharon Kearney ... Woman at Bartley's House

David Pearse ... Bartley
Dermot Healy ... Old Farmer
Eamonn Olwill ... Priest
Yuyang Sheilds ... Diner Waitress
Pat Shortt ... Colum Hennessey
Gay McKeon ... Musician
Mary Corcoran ... Musician
Colm Gannon ... Musician
Johnny McDonagh ... Musician
Dominick Hewitt ... Henchman

Giedrius Nagys ... Henchman
Gary Robinson ... Henchman
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Alan Bates ... Crossley in The Shout (archive footage) (uncredited)

Directed by
John Michael McDonagh 
Writing credits
John Michael McDonagh (written by)

Produced by
Paul Brett .... executive producer
Don Cheadle .... executive producer
Chris Clark .... producer
Elizabeth Eves .... associate producer
Flora Fernandez-Marengo .... producer
Ed Guiney .... producer
Ralph Kamp .... executive producer
Andrew Lowe .... producer
Lee Magiday .... associate producer
Martin McDonagh .... executive producer
Paul Myler .... line producer
David Nash .... executive producer
Tim Smith .... executive producer
Lenore Zerman .... executive producer
Original Music by
Cinematography by
Larry Smith 
Film Editing by
Chris Gill 
Casting by
Jina Jay 
Production Design by
John Paul Kelly 
Art Direction by
Lucy van Lonkhuyzen 
Costume Design by
Eimer Ni Mhaoldomhnaigh 
Makeup Department
Lorraine Brennan .... assistant hair stylist
Orla Carrol .... chief hair stylist
Morna Ferguson .... makeup department head
Niamh O'Loan .... makeup artist
Production Management
Michelle Brassil .... unit production manager
Jim Duggan .... post-production supervisor
Fiona Morham .... head of production: BFI
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mike Hayes .... trainee assistant director (as Michael Hayes)
Andrew Hegarty .... first assistant director
Alex Jones .... second assistant director
Nicola Long .... trainee assistant director
Jonathan Shaw .... third assistant director
Art Department
Eddie Arkins .... stand-by stagehand
John Arkins .... stagehand
Thomas Arkins .... stagehand
Alex Bassett .... daily construction
Simon Boyd .... chargehand stand-by props
Gay Byrn .... props runaround
Temple Clark .... storyboard artist
Christine Fitzgerald .... trainee art department
Mick Flood .... property master (as Michael Flood)
Cathy Hegarty .... daily buyer assistant
Paul Keogh .... carpenter
Sarah Kingston .... prop buyer
Anna Kirwan .... stand-by art director
Tom Lundy .... master painter
Tom Lundy .... stand-by painter
Ed Norton .... construction manager
Liam O'Riain .... supervising carpenter
David Oldham .... carpenter
Irina Pawassar .... stand-by props
John Porter .... dressing props
Frank Rizzo .... poster artist: Hungary
Brendan Stephens .... painter
Julie Tierney .... trainee props
Graham Waters .... standby carpenter
Sound Department
Niall Brady .... sound designer
Alan Collins .... sound facility director: Ardmore Sound
Michelle Cunniffe .... adr mixer
Michelle Cunniffe .... sound re-recording mixer
Tom Deane .... adr recordist
Andrew Douglas .... assistant sound
Caoimhe Doyle .... foley artist
Steve Fanagan .... sound effects editor (as Steven Fanagan)
Mark Fitzpatrick .... adr recordist
Robert Flanagan .... production sound mixer
Ken Galvin .... sound re-recording mixer
Tom Johnson .... sound re-recording mixer
Brian Magrum .... adr recordist
Jean McGrath .... foley mixer
Paul Naughton .... boom operator
Special Effects by
Aidan Byrne .... special effects crew
Brendan Byrne .... special effects coordinator
Paul Byrne .... pyrotechnician
Michael Kearns .... special effects crew
Jimmy Lumsden .... special effects crew
Pat Redmond .... special effects crew
Visual Effects by
Jim Duggan .... visual effects supervisor
Aled Rhys Jones .... visual effects artist
Dominick Hewitt .... stunts
Phil Lonergan .... stunts
Giedrius Nagys .... stunts
Donal O'Farrell .... stunt coordinator
Gary Robinson .... stunt performer
Donal O'Farrell .... driving double (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Robert Binnall .... camera operator
Pete Cavaciuti .... steadicam operator
Stephen Doyle .... daily rigging gaffer
Owen Farrell .... clapper loader
John Gamble .... director of photography: second unit
John Gamble .... first assistant
John Gamble .... focus puller
Damien Heffernan .... practical electrician
Jonathan Hession .... stills photographer
Colm Hogan .... stills photographer
David Keith .... daily grip
Frankie Leonard .... trainee clapper loader
John Marzano .... aerial dp
James McGuire .... gaffer
Kelly McLaughlin .... daily electrician
Darrell Murphy .... b camera grip
John Murphy .... daily grip
John Murphy .... key grip
Ronan Murphy .... grip
Stephen Murphy .... steadicam operator
Sean Murray .... video assist
David O'Connor .... camera crane operator
John Martin O'Flatharta .... electrician
Micheal O'Mogáin .... best boy
Andrew O'Reilly .... clapper loader: second unit
Robert Palmer .... daily focus puller
Ingrid Whelan .... daily electrician
Casting Department
Alex Duxbury .... casting assistant
Nick McGinley .... child casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ciara McArdle .... costume supervisor
Aoife Mcbride .... costume trainee
Debbie Millington .... costume assistant
Editorial Department
Gary Curran .... digital intermediate colorist
Dan Dolan .... digital intermediate scanner and recorder
Warren Dowling .... digital intermediate finishing editor
Alan Freir .... assistant editor
Nathan Nugent .... additional editor
Jodie Davidson .... colorist: dailies (uncredited)
Jahanzeb Hayat .... dailies producer (uncredited)
Music Department
Liz Gallacher .... music supervisor
James Gibb .... music executive producer
Kathleen Hasay .... music supervision assistant
Fen Ikner .... music engineer
Fen Ikner .... music recordist
Chris Schultz .... music engineer
Craig Schumacher .... music mixer
Transportation Department
Reggie Blain Jr. .... facilities captain
Willie Cooley .... facility driver
Padraic Faherty .... generator driver
Junior Farrell .... facility driver
Matthew Hennessy .... action vehicles
John Kavanagh .... transportation captain
Pat Larkin .... unit driver
Graham McWilliams .... driver
Mick Murphy .... driver
Joe O'Toole .... driver
Paul Taylor .... facility driver
Other crew
Sarah Arnott .... svp production & acquisitions: Metropolis
Lawrence Atkinson .... unit publicist
Elizabeth Blackledge .... commercial manager: Aegis Film Fund
Andrew Boucher .... managing director: Santx
Anna Brazinova .... head of administration: Prescience
Elaine Burke .... assistant production coordinator
Yvonne Burke .... production coordinator
Mark Byrne .... business & legal executive: Bórd Scannán na hÉireann/Irish Film Board
Clarissa Caleo-Green .... creative coordinator: BFI
Erin Cancino .... assistant to Chris Clark
Sally Caplan .... head of premiere fund: BFI
Isabel Chick .... production accountant: Prescience
Jon Clifford .... technical director - santx
Miriam Coleman .... assistant location manager
Louise Cornally .... production finance executive: element pictures
Anders Erden .... business & legal affairs: Metropolis International Sales Limited
Will Evans .... head of business affairs: BFI
Ross Flannery .... production assistant
Lucia Foster Found .... aerial operations coordinator
John Gleeson .... financing & tax advisor
Clare Hardwick .... business affairs manager: Prescience
Clare Hardwick .... business affairs
Paula Heffernan .... post production coordinator
Paula Heffernan .... production coordinator: element pictures
Vince Holden .... head of production finance: BFI
Frank Hunter .... marine crew
Gordon Hunter .... marine crew
Therese Kelly .... extras coordinator
Clare Kirby .... head of administration: Prescience (as Clare Kennedy)
John Paul LeBon .... assistant location manager
Fiona McConnell .... busienss affairs executive: element pictures
John McKenna .... armourer
Jamie Molloy .... locations trainee
Des Mulreany .... marine crew
Darragh Noonan .... accountant: element pictures
Emma Norton .... development executive: element pictures
Eugene O'Connor .... production assistant: element pictures
Ciara O'Donnell .... extras coordinator
Rossa O'Neill .... locations trainee
Donal O'Sullivan .... marine crew
Victoria Owens .... office manager: element pictures
Simon Perry .... chief executive: Bórd Scannán na hÉireann/Irish Film Board
Noirin Holland Roy .... assistant accountant
Alistair Rumball .... marine coordinator
Arthur Rumball .... marine crew
Sophie Saleyron .... press attache: France
Jemma Sands .... film marketing manager: Prescience
Jemma Sands .... head of marketing: Metropolis
Emma Scott .... production executive: Bórd Scannán na hÉireann/Irish Film Board
Jim Shortall .... production accountant
Graham Smith .... unit publicist
Andy Stephens .... aerial operations manager
Mary Martin Sullivan .... assistant accountant
Michael Swan .... location manager
Anne Warter .... extras coordinator
Kathleen Weir .... script supervisor
Sonja Otto .... daily locations trainee (uncredited)
Stalkr .... archive research (uncredited)
Noëlette Buckley .... thanks
Anne V. Coates .... thanks
Kay Liberman .... thanks
Jonathan Loughran .... very special thanks
Neil Richards .... the director would like to thank
Colin Vaines .... special thanks
Natascha Wharton .... thanks

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Rated R for pervasive language, some violence, drug material and sexual content
Germany:96 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Sgt. Boyle's quote, "the last of the independents," refers to the movie, and the character, Charley Varrick (1973).See more »
Continuity: (00:03:30) When Sergeant Gerry Boyle is first meeting Garda Aidan McBride at the murder scene, he stops his police car while the windshield wipers are up. In the immediate next shoot they are down.See more »
Sergeant Gerry Boyle:What are you reading?
Eileen Boyle:Oh.
[Shows Oblomov by Ivan Goncharov]
Sergeant Gerry Boyle:Never got into the Russians. They take too long getting to the fecking point.
Eileen Boyle:Not even Dostoevsky, no?
Sergeant Gerry Boyle:Come on now, he was the main offender.
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75 out of 95 people found the following review useful.
Understated and funny, a showpiece for Gleeson, 21 August 2011
Author: bdgill12 from United States

Despite the fact that I live in a bustling metropolis, all of the theaters that show smaller films are somewhere between 30 and 50 miles away. In "Dallas Traffic Time", that translates to somewhere between 90 minutes and 16 days. As a result, I don't get time to see many of these films until they come to DVD, if at all. In my experience, art house films are often the most difficult to write about and even more difficult to properly judge, particularly in the summer. When almost everything I've watched in the last three months has involved superheroes, aliens, or jokes related to bodily functions, I have a tough time transitioning to more mature and cinematic endeavors. So it is with "The Guard, a film entirely unlike anything else I saw this summer.

Sergeant Gerry Boyle (Brendan Gleeson) is an off-the-wall, somewhat crotchety veteran police officer who patrols a small Irish town. Shortly after beginning an investigation into a peculiar murder, Boyle discovers that his case is related to a major drug ring that is currently being hunted by FBI agent Wendell Everett (Don Cheadle). As straight-laced as they come, Everett is an odd pair for Boyle but the two are forced to work together to take down the cartel. When the case pulls Boyle in deeper than he would have ever imagined he is forced to reexamine his life's work and turn himself into an unlikely hero.

If that synopsis makes "The Guard" sound wholly serious, bear in mind that it is completely and totally a comedy. A dark comedy to be sure but a comedy nonetheless. If you've ever wondered what "Hot Fuzz" would be like if it was subtle and less over-the-top, "The Guard" fits the bill. This is writer/director John Michael McDonagh's first full length film but I would never have guessed it if not for the magic of IMDb. It is a witty, well-written film that makes its tone clear from the first scene. The pacing isn't exactly what I would call slow but instead calculatedly casual; it knows where it intends to go and it makes its way with balanced determination. This is a film that knows its own identity and doesn't stray from the dark comedy path more than a time or two. Its humor is smart and lively. Even with the thick accents (which probably caused me to miss a joke or two) "The Guard" is filled with exquisite dialogue and understated jokes that brought more laughs than anything from all but the very best big budget comedies this year has brought.

The plot of "The Guard" is simple but refined and that pushes all of the attention onto the characters and the actors who portray them. Cheadle is a solid straight man and as he always does, he makes the absolute most of every scene he is given. As one of the ringleaders of the drug ring, Mark Strong's character is straight out of a Guy Ritchie film, a role Strong is great at playing. Please Mr. Strong: stick to these films and stay away from popcorn crap like "Green Lantern." But despite all of the excellent actors around him, "The Guard" is all about Gleeson. His work in 2008's "In Bruges" (coincidentally directed by McDonagh's brother Martin) finally brought him the attention he deserves, but Gleeson has always been a favorite of mine, a magnificent actor who never fails to impress no matter how little screen time he is given. Boyle is a without a doubt a curmudgeon (and a slightly racist one at that) but Gleeson makes him exceedingly likable. He is a wild card, the type of guy who does the right thing when you're absolutely sure he's going to continue to disgrace himself and Gleeson pulls this off perfectly. Moreover, he once again exhibits the brilliant comedic timing that has made him one of the best and most versatile actors that Ireland has to offer. I'm not saying it's his best performance but rather another in a long string of quality portrayals that illustrate just how undervalued this guy really is.

Fun, intelligent, and genuinely hilarious, "The Guard" is an excellent departure from my typical fare this time of year. I've made no bones about the fact that I really like summer blockbusters. I love them, in fact. But when a movie like "The Guard" comes along in the midst of the "Conan the Barbarians" of the world, it serves as an incredibly refreshing reminder of what we have to hope for in the coming months.

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