Two corrupt cops set out to blackmail and frame every criminal unfortunate enough to cross their path. Events, however, are complicated by the arrival of someone who appears to be even more dangerous than they are.
John Michael McDonagh
When the kinetic Rory moves into his room in the Carrigmore Residential Home for the Disabled, his effect on the home is immediate. Most telling is his friendship with Michael, a young man with cerebral palsy and nearly unintelligible speech. Somehow, Rory understands Michael, and encourages him to experience life outside the confines of home.
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
The Irish Folk Band in the "Hooker Bar" scene plays a tune which is listed in the credits as "The Star of the County Down". This information is incorrect, though.
The tune itself got published in 1726 by Alexander Stuart in the book "Music for Allan Ramsay's Collection of Scots Songs" and was named "Gilderoy", only later (end of 19th century) did Cathal Mac Garvey write the lyrics for "The Star of the County Down", but other songs have been written to the tune also: "My Love Nell", "Divers and Lazarus", "The Murder of Maria Martin", "Mary from Blackwater Side", "When first I left old Ireland" all used the same melody.
Since the song was performed as an instrumental only, it is definitely wrong to credit it as "The Star of the County Down". See more »
Expect to laugh and cringe at a glimpse of Irishness
The guard is like lethal weapon if it was set in the west of Ireland. Unorthodox police work-yes, disregard for superiors -check, only thing is Sgt. Gerry Boyle has slightly less enthusiasm for action than Officer Riggs.
At times during this movie I had to turn away so no one would see me smiling at the few racist comments, slurs and generalizations. But I wasn't surprised to see behind me, no else in the cinema was holding back the laughter. It seems that it takes a lot for Irish people to find something offensive.
The rest of the characters were enjoyable to watch. They are a close representation of who you should expect to meet if you spend enough time in Ireland and will get you into some memorable 'situations'.
OK so this review is more about Ireland than the movie but I think to enjoy this movie you need to embrace both the story and culture of the country.
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