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Veronica Guerin (2003)

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An Irish journalist writes a series of stories about drug dealers.

Director:

Joel Schumacher

Writers:

Carol Doyle (story), Carol Doyle (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 3 wins & 13 nominations. See more awards »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Cate Blanchett ... Veronica Guerin
Gerard McSorley ... John Gilligan
Ciarán Hinds ... John Traynor
Brenda Fricker ... Bernie Guerin
Don Wycherley Don Wycherley ... Chris Mulligan
Barry Barnes Barry Barnes ... Graham Turley
Simon O'Driscoll Simon O'Driscoll ... Cathal Turley
Emmet Bergin Emmet Bergin ... Aengus Fanning
Charlotte Bradley Charlotte Bradley ... Anne Harris
Mark Lambert Mark Lambert ... Willie Kealy
Garrett Keogh Garrett Keogh ... Tony Gregory
Maria McDermottroe Maria McDermottroe ... Geraldine Gilligan
Paudge Behan Paudge Behan ... Brian Meehan
Joe Hanley Joe Hanley ... Eugene 'Dutchie' Holland
David Murray ... Charles Bowden

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Based on a true story, this is about the Irish journalist Veronica Guerin (Cate Blanchett), a reporter for The Sunday Independent, who exposed some of Dublin's most powerful crime barons and drug lords in 1996. But later that year she was gunned down by assasins hired by the same criminal drug lords she exposed. Written by Andreas Furumo <andreas.furumo@bredband.net>

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Why would anyone want to kill Veronica Guerin?


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

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Trivia

Despite the fact that this was filmed in Super 35, "Filmed in Panavision" is listed in the end credits. See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 25 mins) When we see Veronica through the sunroof of her car after she is shot, a hand is visible in the lower right corner of the sunroof, moving in and out of the shot. It appears to be a crew member's hand. See more »

Quotes

[to an informer who is bound and gagged in a derelict flat]
Martin Cahill: [genially but menacingly] Ah Jamey, Jamey, Jamey. You're an awful man, d'you know that? What did you have to go and shoot your mouth off to the Gards about me for? Did you think I wouldn't find out it was you? You know, I was thinking about killing you. And then I thought to myself, you know, sure, people get killed every day - and nobody gives a shite. So I've decided I'm going to have to hurt you a bit.
Jamey the Tout: [mumbling through gag] Jesus, no!
Martin Cahill:
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Crazy Credits

Disclaimer in closing credits: "Chris Mulligan is a fictional composite character based in part on several different people, and certain events in which the character is depicted have been fictionalised for dramatic effect." See more »

Connections

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2 December 2004 | by jotix100See all my reviews

Joel Schumacher seems a strange choice for directing the film, before actually taking a look at the finished product. While the logical choice might have been someone like Neil Jordan, Mr. Schumacher makes the most of it with the material at hand. As usual, he is a director that likes to take chances, as he shows here.

This film came and went without being noticed in this country. Some movies go away quickly, which was the case with "Vernica Guerin". Having just seen it in DVD format, it deserved much better than oblivion from the distributing studio, or the many people deprived of seeing it when it first was released.

Veronica Guerin was a courageous woman who was not afraid for her life, even though there are a couple of instances that could have caused her death, before her actual demise. We see the events on a flashback, as the movie starts with the tragic events of Ms. Guerin's death. We watch her pursuing the people that had no scruples unloading drugs in impoverish areas of Ireland and laughing all the way to the bank with the millions they made illegally.

Cate Blanchett does a great job in her portrayal of Ms. Guerin. Not knowing what the real person was like, Ms. Blanchett bears an uncanny resemblance to the real woman. Cieran Hands, as John, the informer, is also quite good. Having seen him on the stage, he does an excellent turn as this evil man. Finally, Gerard McSorley is also what one would expect his John Gilligan to be; he makes Gilligan appear as the vermin he was. Brenda Fricker, as Veronica's mother, has only a few dignified moments on camera. The rest of the Irish actors were extremely good in contributing to create the right atmosphere for the movie.

This movie emphasizes the danger of drugs and the unscrupulous people that get rich out of the misery of others.


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Country:

Ireland | UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 October 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Chasing the Dragon: The Veronica Guerin Story See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$611,276, 19 October 2003

Gross USA:

$1,571,504

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$9,439,660
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