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Jack Taylor: The Guards (2010)

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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:
Frank O'Sullivan ...
Ken Fildes ...
Minister's Driver
Peadar Cox ...
Tom Latchford ...
Seamus Hughes ...
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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Release Date:

2 August 2010 (Ireland)  »

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€1,500,000 (estimated)

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The Bob Dylan album, Freewheelin', "with the 4 deleted tracks", that Jack presents to Kate is a rare collector's item. One recently changed hands for $30,000. How did Jack manage to acquire it? See more »


When Jack finds the gun, it is a Smith & Wesson; when Jack first points the gun @ the dock, it is a vented/ribbed Colt Python; then, it goes back to a Smith & Wesson. See more »


Jack Taylor: My father used to say: "Your mother means well". She didn't. Not then. Not ever.
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Followed by Jack Taylor: Priest (2013) See more »

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Good acting, very bad stories
16 August 2016 | by (United States - Pacific time zone) – See all my reviews

If you want to wallow in the misery of the title character, go for it. I've watched The Guards and The Pikemen and that's enough for me. Jack Taylor is a drunk private eye whose mistakes lead to devastating results for other people, particularly in The Pikemen. His bad judgment leads him to getting severely beaten up repeatedly, but he heals miraculously to pursue his cases. I have no idea what the point is of these stories except to present a boring has-been who screws up regularly but manages to rise above his alcoholic fog to figure out who the perpetrator is (what?!) and then hand it off to the police. The direction is below B-movie grade and the editing even worse. The only positive aspect of these films is the quality of the acting by the lead and his supporting cast, all of whom do an excellent job and that's what the 2 stars are for. However, that in itself cannot entice me to watch further installments of this crime series. Jack Taylor is just too dumb.

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