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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
Warren Dowling .... digital intermediate finishing editor
Alan Freir .... assistant editor
Nathan Nugent .... additional editor
Jodie Davidson .... colorist: dailies (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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Boyle states that he was 4th in the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, in 1500m freestyle swimming. In the end of the movie Everett says that it's not true, and the photographer kid replies: 'It's easy to look up'. In the 1988 Olympics the 4th place in this event was won by an American named Matt Cetlinski. The other contestants mentioned were real: two Germans won the 2nd and 3rd place (Stefan Pfeiffer and Uwe Dassler respectively), while the 1st place was won by the Soviet Vladimir Salnikov.See more »
Continuity: 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:Like the fat man said, if you have to be careful not to drink too much, it's because you're not to be trusted when you do.See more »
Movie Connections:
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Who composed the incidental music for the film?
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45 out of 57 people found the following review useful.
Either Smart or Stupid, 14 August 2011
Author: David Ferguson ( from Dallas, Texas

Greetings again from the darkness. Writer/Director John Michael McDonagh is the brother of Martin McDonagh, who brought us the excellent In Bruges (which also starred Brendan Gleeson). I figured it best to say that upfront because there is no way to avoid comparisons of the two films. Clearly these men grew up in the same house and were trained in a brilliant method of writing dialogue.

Brendan Gleeson delivers a powerful and hilarious performance as a local cop (Garda) in rural Ireland. His Sgt Gerry Boyle is quite an enigma - he gets along great with locals, yet struggles to fit into society. This is never more apparent than when FBI Agent Wendell Everett (Don Cheadle) hits town on a drug smuggling investigation. The key to their relationship is crystallized at the moment an exasperated Agent Everett says to Boyle, 'I can't tell if you are really smart or really dumb'. Of course, I am paraphrasing because the F-word gets literally worn out in this movie. There aren't many lines I can actually quote in print. But the word rolls off Gleeson's tongue as if it's a work of art ... especially in conversation with his ailing mother, played well by the always terrific Fionnula Flanagan.

The international drug smugglers being chased are a trio led by Liam Cunningham and the always interesting Mark Strong. The endless rips, insults and jokes are fired rapidly at Americans, Brits and anyone unfortunate enough to hail from Dublin. Boyle uses his Irish background as a crutch for his racism and insensitivity. But he leaves no doubt about his expertise as a cop. Heck he even recognizes the importance of some 9 year old kid riding around on a pink bicycle. That's just another example of the off-center approach to story telling offered by McDonagh.

If you are a fan of In Bruges, Snatch, or Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, I think you will enjoy this one. It falls just short of that level, but not by much. Gleeson is outstanding and the story is simple enough, yet with plenty of twist, turns and hilarity.

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