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Release Date: July 29th, 2011

DVD Release Date: January 3rd, 2012

R|1 hr 35 min

Plot Summary
A vulgar Irish cop (Brendan Gleeson) and a straight-laced American FBI agent (Don Cheadle) uncover police corruption among the former's superiors while probing a drug-trafficking ring.

Cast: Brendan Gleeson, Don Cheadle, Liam Cunningham, David Wilmot, Rory Keenan, Mark Strong, Fionnula Flanagan, Dominique McElligott

Director: John Michael McDonagh

Genres: Thriller, Comedy

Production Co: Element Films, Reprisal Films, UK Film Council

Distributors: Sony Pictures Classics

Keywords: Transformation, Amusing

Ratings & Reviews

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  • The dialogue is smart, screwball, sublime. show more

  • If the movie's mix of nihilistic violence and snarky attitude suggests "In Bruges," it's a family resemblance. The writer-director of that film, which also starred Gleeson, is Martin McDonagh, the younger brother of this one's. Despite the similarities, the older McDonagh has a lighter touch. Where "In Bruges" ultimately became a mechanical bloodbath, The Guard scampers quickly through the action scenes, delivering commentary on genre conventions as it goes. show more

  • Like the recent "Perrier's Bounty," The Guard feels like it might play better at home than overseas. show more

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Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy
Nominated Original Screenplay
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2011)