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The Guard [Blu-ray] (2011)

Brendan Gleeson , Don Cheadle , John Michael McDonagh  |  R |  Blu-ray
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (157 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Brendan Gleeson, Don Cheadle, Mark Strong, Ronan Collins, Paraic Nialand
  • Directors: John Michael McDonagh
  • Writers: John Michael McDonagh
  • Producers: Don Cheadle, Andrew Lowe, Chris Clark, David Nash, Ed Guiney
  • Format: AC-3, Blu-ray, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: January 3, 2012
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (157 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005WAP2U6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #85,687 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Guard [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

Special Features

Commentary with Director John Michael McDonagh and Actors Don Cheadle & Brendan Gleeson
The Second Death
Making of The Guard
Outtakes
Deleted and Extended scenes
Q&A With Actors Don Cheadle, Brendan Gleeson and Director John Michael McDonagh
Boyle with his mother in bar

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Sergeant Gerry Boyle (Brendan Gleeson) of Galway is crass and abrasive and interprets the law a bit freely, all to glorious comic effect. Paired with strait-laced American FBI agent Wendell Everett (Don Cheadle), Boyle seeks to solve a couple of murders and disrupt a massive drug shipment in what could have been a trashy fish-out-of-water buddy comedy--but, through a combination of sharp and witty writing, ruthlessly speedy editing, and understated but spot-on performances, The Guard is a marvel of character-based storytelling. Gleeson (28 Days Later, In Bruges) and Cheadle are peerless actors, the kind who rarely star in blockbusters but who bring dynamic life to any scene they're in. The supporting cast is chock-full of off-kilter talent, turning even the most incidental role into a memorable character. Writer-director John Michael McDonagh makes a remarkably accomplished feature debut; The Guard moves forward with gripping efficiency, yet every moment seems casual and often beside the point, crammed with colorful language, incidental comedy, and a deliciously eclectic soundtrack. The result is hugely entertaining. One of the best films of 2011. --Bret Fetzer

Product Description

The Guard is a comedic, fish out of water tale of murder, blackmail, drug trafficking, and rural police corruption. Two cops (Gleeson and Cheadle) one an unorthodox Irish policeman and the other, a straitlaced FBI agent, must join forces to take on an international drug-smuggling gang.

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54 of 62 people found the following review helpful
The Guard, a small independent film from Ireland written and directed by John Michael McDonagh, is something of a gem. On the surface, it could fall into any number of the usual categories - crime drama, fish-out-of-water story, odd couple forced to work together buddy flick - but none of those labels would do it proper justice. The closest thing I can truly compare it to is the Coen brothers' film Fargo. Like Fargo, The Guard deals with a homicide in a quiet rural area (in this case coastal Ireland instead of Minnesota) being investigated by the local authority (in this case an idiosyncratic Garda - Irish policeman - instead of a highly pregnant sheriff). But also like Fargo, what makes the film truly interesting is the character studies that unfold as we see both sides - the police and the criminals - going about their missions.

And in a final comparison to Fargo and to Coen brothers films in general, the dialogue is frequently priceless. At the film's center is the guard of the title, Sergeant Gerry Boyle (Brendan Gleeson), an Irish policeman stationed in the district of Connemara on the western coast of Ireland. In the opening scene, where Boyle witnesses a car accident on a rural road where some local youths are killed, we quickly learn three things about Boyle - very little ever rattles him, he's definitely more attuned to the spirit of the law than the letter, and he's far from being above the occasional bit of self indulgence. Shortly after that, when he's investigating an apparent murder and having to break in a new partner, Aidan McBride (Rory Keenan) at the same time, we learn something else about Boyle: he delights in being a crude, rude, pain in the ass to just about everyone, deliberately goading or provoking people just to see how they'll react.
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34 of 39 people found the following review helpful
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The Guard, a small independent film from Ireland written and directed by John Michael McDonagh, is something of a gem. On the surface, it could fall into any number of the usual categories - crime drama, fish-out-of-water story, odd couple forced to work together buddy flick - but none of those labels would do it proper justice. The closest thing I can truly compare it to is the Coen brothers' film Fargo. Like Fargo, The Guard deals with a homicide in a quiet rural area (in this case coastal Ireland instead of Minnesota) being investigated by the local authority (in this case an idiosyncratic Garda - Irish policeman - instead of a highly pregnant sheriff). But also like Fargo, what makes the film truly interesting is the character studies that unfold as we see both sides - the police and the criminals - going about their missions.

And in a final comparison to Fargo and to Coen brothers films in general, the dialogue is frequently priceless. At the film's center is the guard of the title, Sergeant Gerry Boyle (Brendan Gleeson), an Irish policeman stationed in the district of Connemara on the western coast of Ireland. In the opening scene, where Boyle witnesses a car accident on a rural road where some local youths are killed, we quickly learn three things about Boyle - very little ever rattles him, he's definitely more attuned to the spirit of the law than the letter, and he's far from being above the occasional bit of self indulgence. Shortly after that, when he's investigating an apparent murder and having to break in a new partner, Aidan McBride (Rory Keenan) at the same time, we learn something else about Boyle: he delights in being a crude, rude, pain in the ass to just about everyone, deliberately goading or provoking people just to see how they'll react.
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37 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No Country For Middle Aged Men September 8, 2011
Update. 11/30/11. Last week, on my flight back to San Francisco, I watched a program about the making of The Guard, which has become the highest grossing Irish made movie ever at the Irish box office grossing 4.3 million Euros, beating the previous best, The wind That Shakes The Barley, starring Cillian Murphy. To put this this in an American context, it's about $1.50 for every man, woman and child in the country.

Michael John McDonagh previously wrote the screenplay for Ned Kelly starring Heath Ledger which I remember as a good movie. His brother Martin has won an Academy Award nomination, for Best Original Screenplay for In Bruges, which also starred Brendan Gleeson, and what I consider the best performance of Colin Farrell's career, and an Academy award for the short feature Six Shooter, A Collection of 2005 Academy Award Nominated Short Films, also starring Brendan Gleeson, and at least two other characters you will see in The Guard, written and directed by MJ.

As the movie begins we see Gerry Boyle, the guard played by BG, in his white squad car parked behind a stone wall, when a red car whizzes by. He does not respond to the speeding car. His response to what happens next, has no words, yet it establishes the nature of the character, as he rummages through pockets, and does something with the drugs. We can deduce that here is a guard that does not follow the established rules, and in fact may even be corrupt.

Next we see him responding to a murder scene. Here we get a truer sense of his character by how he acts around the new cop who will be his partner.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hysterical
Quite dark and bitingly funny comedy. If one's sense of humor is "off the wall," one would love this film. Besides, Mark Strong is in it, one of my favorite actors.
Published 25 minutes ago by Deborah Craft-Marks
4.0 out of 5 stars oh yea
here both men make excellent foils for each other. Gleason is clever and dry, Don Cheadle takes no prisoners with his performance and both make Lethal Weapon look plain stupid.
Published 2 days ago by aldo ray
5.0 out of 5 stars The Guard
This was a great movie. Reminded us so much of the Guy Richie movies, Snatch etc. We don't remember this being in theaters but will pass it along to friends to watch.
Published 5 days ago by Joann Barich
5.0 out of 5 stars The Guard
A fantastic new way of Irish movie making. Modern yet very Irish indeed - love the humour. Brendan Gleeson is a national treasure.
Published 13 days ago by Una Werner
5.0 out of 5 stars A Go To Comedy!!
We love this movie for a good laugh at any time!!! The language is rough, if you can overlook that you will enjoy!
Published 19 days ago by AvenidaPar3
5.0 out of 5 stars A dark, wonderful, hilarious film
I won't bother with a synopsis, there are plenty here already, but I will add that this film had me laughing throughout with its dark, incisive humour and the accuracy with which... Read more
Published 23 days ago by Bill the Cat
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie with two great actors
This comedy although dark in a few parts, was still very funny. I bought this so I could share it with my family
Published 2 months ago by PM
5.0 out of 5 stars Most Enjoyable
If you know Ireland, you understand the people are easy going... and take everything at face value. The drug smugglers are nothing but low life that can be dealt with by Brendan... Read more
Published 2 months ago by hayesmea
5.0 out of 5 stars Best
Great movie. I have a copy but bought this as a gift. We had just returned from Ireland and had told my friend about it, so I got her a copy.
Published 2 months ago by Sharon Marshall
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny as hell!!
I laughed me arse off! Brendan Gleeson and Don Cheadle are not two actors that I would normally think of to pair in a comedy but they were great togather in this film.
Published 3 months ago by Michael Button
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