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Jack Taylor: The Guards (2010)

TV Movie  |   |  Crime  |  2 August 2010 (Ireland)
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Incorrigible boor Jack Taylor is fired from the Garda (Irish national police) for brutality against a government minister. His experience, some contacts and cheap rates get him started as ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ken Fildes ...
Minister's Driver
Peadar Cox ...
Tom Latchford ...
Young Garda
Lalor Roddy ...
Colm Hogan ...
Paul Hardiman ...
Garda at Crime Scene
Margaret Hogan ...
Local Woman
David Heap ...
Donal O'Farrell ...
Síghle Ní Chonail ...
Mrs. Bailey


Incorrigible boor Jack Taylor is fired from the Garda (Irish national police) for brutality against a government minister. His experience, some contacts and cheap rates get him started as private eye in all but name, assisted by his even less law-abiding buddy, painter Sutton. Anne Henderson hires him, suggesting her missing teenage daughter was the latest in a series of suspicious 'suicides', which he traces to sleazy manager Ford's factory and illegal sex recordings. That turns out only the tip of the iceberg, even before Jack is beaten badly and old publican Sean is fatally run over. Written by KGF Vissers

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2 August 2010 (Ireland)  »

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€1,500,000 (estimated)

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Jack Taylor's informant named China, is a nod of the head by author Ken Bruen in his first novel (2001) to author Alan Hunter's original informant character named China, in the George Gently series of novels; first published in 1955. See more »


Passerby: Ah Jack, I know your father; Paddy, Paddy Taylor, man of subtlety and taste, is he not?
Jack Taylor: He had his moments.
Passerby: One deduces, from the use of the past tense, that he is no longer with us.
Passerby: Or worse, in England.
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A finely scripted and well executed thriller
5 January 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The Guards is a high quality film noir thriller. A fine script retains tension throughout with a late twist at the finale. Based and true to Ken Rruen's original novel (which I subsequently read) the film has witty dialogue throughout which the actors pitch perfectly. The setting is Galway which the filmmakers make full use of as a backdrop. There are precious few quality Irish based dramas so I hope there will be more of this series made. The cast is lead by Iain Glen who is really charismatic in the central role of Jack Taylor. Having been kicked out of the Guards Jack tries to earn a living by setting himself up as a private eye. Part of the tension that permeates throughout is a sense that Jack will dissolve more than he solves.If you like intelligent, unsentimental and distinct drama you will really enjoy The Guards.

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