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The Guard (2011)

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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.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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
... Gerry Boyle
... Aidan McBride
Declan Mannlen ... James McCormick (as Declan Mannion)
... Photographer
Michael Og Lane ... Eugene Moloney (as Mícheál Óg Lane)
... Francis Sheehy-Skeffington
... Billy Devaney
... Eileen Boyle
... Doctor Oleyuwo
... FBI Agent Wendell Everett
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Storyline

Sergeant Gerry Boyle is a small-town Irish cop with a confrontational personality, a subversive sense of humor, a dying mother, a fondness for prostitutes, and absolutely no interest whatsoever in the international cocaine-smuggling ring that has brought straight-laced FBI agent Wendell Everett to his door. Written by Element Pictures

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The FBI are about to discover that things work a little different around here.

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Comedy | Crime | Thriller

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

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7 July 2011 (Ireland)  »

Also Known As:

El irlandés  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$76,834, 31 July 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$5,359,774, 5 February 2012
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The tune being played by the band in the "Hooker Bar" scene is an old Irish melody first documented by Alexander Stuart in 1726, named 'Gilderoy'. It was to become famous in the late 19th century as "The Star of the County Down" by Cathal Mac Garvey. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[first lines]
Sergeant Gerry Boyle: [red car speeds past his speed trap, tires screech, car crashes]
Sergeant Gerry Boyle: [finds drugs in the pocket of dead teen] I don't think your mammy would be too pleased about that now.
Sergeant Gerry Boyle: [walks aside and swallows one of the pills] What a beautiful fuckin' day.
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Featured in Great Movie Mistakes IV (2012) See more »

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Star of the County Down
Traditional tune, lyrics by Cathal McGarvey (uncredited)
Performed by Gay McKeon, Mary Corcoran, Colm Gannon and Johnny McDonagh
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Film defence
10 August 2011 | by See all my reviews

I must take issue with the bobbowhite review.

As a citizen of Ireland I can safely say that this film is easy to understand and accents should not be adjusted just so that USA folk can follow.

If an English MP can find the film enjoyable and recommend it to her 35,000+ twitter followers, then no-one should complain.

The scenery is superb.

The characters just right for the West of Ireland as I remember it.

The whole scope of the current Irish populace is contained in the film and age old attitudes subtly dealt with.


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