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Veronica Guerin (2003)

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An Irish journalist writes a series of stories about drug dealers.

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Joel Schumacher

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Cate Blanchett ... Veronica Guerin
Gerard McSorley ... John Gilligan
Ciarán Hinds ... John Traynor
Brenda Fricker ... Bernie Guerin
Don Wycherley Don Wycherley ... Chris Mulligan
Barry Barnes Barry Barnes ... Graham Turley
Simon O'Driscoll Simon O'Driscoll ... Cathal Turley
Emmet Bergin Emmet Bergin ... Aengus Fanning
Charlotte Bradley Charlotte Bradley ... Anne Harris
Mark Lambert Mark Lambert ... Willie Kealy
Garrett Keogh Garrett Keogh ... Tony Gregory
Maria McDermottroe Maria McDermottroe ... Geraldine Gilligan
Paudge Behan Paudge Behan ... Brian Meehan
Joe Hanley Joe Hanley ... Eugene 'Dutchie' Holland
David Murray ... Charles Bowden
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Storyline

Based on a true story, this is about the Irish journalist Veronica Guerin (Cate Blanchett), a reporter for The Sunday Independent, who exposed some of Dublin's most powerful crime barons and drug lords in 1996. But later that year she was gunned down by assasins hired by the same criminal drug lords she exposed. Written by Andreas Furumo <andreas.furumo@bredband.net>

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Why would anyone want to kill Veronica Guerin?


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, language and some drug content | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Ireland | UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 October 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Chasing the Dragon: The Veronica Guerin Story See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$611,276, 19 October 2003

Gross USA:

$1,571,504

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$9,439,660
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Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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A daily Irish newspaper recently reported that Portlaoise prison (where John Gilligan and Brian Meehan are incarcerated) screens the movie at least once a month in the prison common hall at the request of the prisoners. See more »

Goofs

Veronica uses the American phrase 'Do the math', rather than the correct pronunciation 'Do the maths'. See more »

Quotes

Veronica Guerin: You'd do the same. If you saw those kids on the street, you would do the same.
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Disclaimer in closing credits: "Chris Mulligan is a fictional composite character based in part on several different people, and certain events in which the character is depicted have been fictionalised for dramatic effect." See more »

Connections

References It's a Wonderful Life (1946) See more »

Soundtracks

Fields of Athenry
Written by Pete St. John
Used by kind permission of Celtic Songs
Performed by Brian O'Donnell
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Good Joel Schumacher effort
8 March 2004 | by michelerealiniSee all my reviews

I've been revaluing Joel Schumacher as a director for some years. I was used to think he was just a typical Hollywood movie maker. But I understood this man does commercial features whenever he needs money ("Batman forever", "Batman & Robin", "The client", "A time to kill"), as he gets it he manages to do good and more personal films.

In fact his mainstream movies are quite boring and mannered. Fortunately Schumacher is much better with more alternative or low-budget films ("Falling down", "Tigerland", "Phone booth"). "Veronica Guerin" belongs to this category.

I'm also happy, in this case, that a blockbuster producer like Jerry Bruckheimer manages not to spoil the movie with artificial tricks.

Veronica Guerin seems to me a symbol of Irish tragicalness. I mean, the tragicalness you can find in works of James Joyce and Oscar Wilde, in stories and legends of Ireland as well. Sadly, her story is true.

The film has the right speed in presenting all the facts, it is simple and well acted -Cate Blanchett's performance is outstanding.

Maybe Joel Schumacher, in the final part, looses a little the sense of rhythm because he wants us to be moved and touched (and we are, indeed. Because it's a shame that a woman and a brave journalist as well had to pay that price). But it's a true story, as I said. The film is valid because it denounces the "conspiracy of silence" and inaction from authorities.


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