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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 Ronan Collins ... Young Man in Car
Paraic Nialand Paraic Nialand ... Young Man in Car
John Patrick Beirne John Patrick Beirne ... Young Man in Car
Liam O'Conghaile Liam O'Conghaile ... Young Man in Car
Christopher Kilmartin Christopher Kilmartin ... Young Man in Car
Brendan Gleeson ... Gerry Boyle
Rory Keenan ... Aidan McBride
Declan Mannlen Declan Mannlen ... James McCormick (as Declan Mannion)
Laurence Kinlan ... Photographer
Michael Og Lane 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
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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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Country:

Ireland

Language:

English | Irish

Release Date:

7 July 2011 (Ireland) See more »

Also Known As:

El irlandés See more »

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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Laurence Kinlan and Liam Cunningham previously worked together in Breakfast on Pluto (2005). See more »

Goofs

(00:03:30) When Sergeant Gerry Boyle is first meeting Garda Aidan McBride at the murder scene, he stops his police car while the windshield wipers are up. In the immediate next shoot they are down. 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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Ode to Billie Joe
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fantastic dry comedy with comical racism
26 August 2011 | by thedavidrowleySee all my reviews

For everyone who saw and loved In Bruges, have I got the next movie for you…The Guard. This is a fantastic piece of cinema brought to us by John Michael McDonagh, the brother of Martin McDonagh, who was writer/director of In Bruges. This is the first major film directed by John Michael McDonagh and it does not disappoint.

Set in western Ireland, The Guard begins aerial view of a drunk driver cruising down the highway at high speeds. Right from the start it's easy to understand where the humor will come from – Brendan Gleeson, who also played a large role in In Bruges. The car goes out of frame, skids, squeals, and crashes in front of Gleeson's patrol car. Oh, did I mention he's a cop this time? Quite the role reversal. The crash wakes him – slowly – from his day dream and he pulls up to check out the scene. After rummaging through the pockets of one of the people in the car he finds a bag of drugs, which he tosses away from the body, though, not before dropping a tablet of acid for himself. Cut to introductory credits.

If this doesn't get you off, leave the theatre and begin questioning your understanding of what's funny. The rest of the movie is comprised of smartass remarks and brilliant dry humor.

Don Cheadle plays a straight laced, by the books, FBI agent from the States investigating a drug smuggling scheme that's rumored to be happening in the area. These two must work together to find crack an overlapping case (Cheadle's looking for the drug lords, Gleeson's looking for murder suspects – the same people). It's a good buddy-cop narrative between the two and they work really well together.

I don't want to gush too much more over this movie, just go see it. I'll leave you with a quote that should depict a fair picture about the humor in this movie: Gleeson: I'm Irish. Racism is part of my culture.

See this movie. Until next time folks, cheers!


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