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THE GUARD

by John Michael McDonagh

synopsis

Set on the west coast of Ireland, Sergeant Gerry Boyle is a small-town cop with a confrontational personality, a subversive sense of humour, a dying mother, a fondness for prostitutes and absolutely no interest whatsoever in the international cocaine-smuggling ring that has brought FBI agent Wendell Everett to his door. But although Boyle seems more interested in mocking and undermining Everett than in actively working to solve the case, he finds that circumstances keep pulling him back into the thick of it. First his tiresomely enthusiastic new partner disappears, then his favourite hooker attempts to blackmail him into turning a blind eye, and finally the drug-traffickers themselves try to buy him off as they have every other member of the local police force.

international title: The Guard
original title: The Guard
country: Ireland, United Kingdom
sales agent: Metropolis International Sales
year: 2011
genre: fiction
directed by: John Michael McDonagh
film run: 96'
release date: IE 07/07/2011, UK 19/08/2011, GR 01/09/2011, BE 21/09/2011, DE 22/09/2011, MT 19/10/2011, NL 20/10/2011, FI 21/10/2011, IT 21/10/2011, HU 27/10/2011, SE 25/11/2011, FR 21/12/2011, ES 20/07/2012
screenplay: John Michael McDonagh
cast: Brendan Gleeson, Don Cheadle
cinematography by: Larry Smith
film editing: Chris Gill
art director: JP Kelly
costumes designer: Eimer Ni Mhaoldomhnaigh
music: Calexico
producer: Ed Guiney, Andrew Lowe, Chris Clark, Flora Fernandez-Marengo
production: Element Pictures, Reprisal Films
backing: IFB, UK Film Council, Prescience, Aegis, Screen Scene
distributor: StudioCanal, Starway Film Distribution, SND (Société Nouvelle de Distribution) Films, A Contracorriente Films, Element Pictures, Entertainment One - eOne Films Benelux, Feelgood Entertainment, Ascot Elite Home Entertainment GmbH, Ascot Elite Entertainment Group
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