The Guard

  • John Michael McDonagh
  • Ireland
  • 2011
  • 96'

Although it is John Michael McDonagh’s feature debut, The Guard is considered the biggest commercial success of independent Irish film so far. This dark crime comedy follows the life of small-town policeman Gerry Boyle. Eccentric Gerry has a confrontational personality, a penchant for prostitutes, and takes nothing seriously. When FBI agent Wendell Everett arrives in town, they have to join forces to fight an international drug-smuggling gang. The inventive soundtrack by the famous indie rock band Calexico imbues the film with a touch of Americana, turning the majestic landscape into an Irish version of Wild West. The overall effect of the film is imparted by cinematographer Larry Smith, also known for his work on Eyes Wide Shut and Only God Forgives.

John Michael McDonagh

Screenwriter and film director of Irish roots. He wrote the script for Ned Kelly, a historical drama about the Australian outlaw of the same name. In addition to The Guard, he has directed Calvary and War on Everyone. His brother is the Oscar-winning director Martin McDonagh (In Bruges, Seven Psychopaths).

The Guard

John Michael McDonagh
John Michael McDonagh
Reprisal Films, Element Pictures, Crescendo Productions
Brendan Gleeson, Don Cheadle, Liam Cunningham, David Wilmot, Rory Keenan, Mark Strong, Fionnula Flanagan
Larry Smith
Chris Gill
Chris Clark, Flora Fernandez Marengo, Ed Guiney, Andrew Lowe
Festivals & Awards
Sundance FIlm Festival 2011; Berlin International Film Festival 2011; Tribeca Film Festival 2011

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