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Veronica Guerin (2003)

Cate Blanchett , Colin Farrell , Joel Schumacher  |  R |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Cate Blanchett, Colin Farrell, Brenda Fricker, Ciarán Hinds, Gerard McSorley
  • Directors: Joel Schumacher
  • Writers: Carol Doyle, Mary Agnes Donoghue
  • Producers: Chad Oman, Eli Richbourg, James Flynn, Jerry Bruckheimer, Mike Stenson
  • Format: Anamorphic, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (DTS ES), French (Unknown)
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Walt Disney Video - Mill Creek
  • DVD Release Date: March 16, 2004
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000189LE2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,006 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Veronica Guerin" on IMDb

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From Producer Jerry Bruckheimer (Pearl Harbor) and starring Academy Award Nominee Cate Blanchett (The Lord of the Rings) comes Veronica Guerin. The action packed critically acclaimed true story about the journalist who risked everything in search of the truth. Set in Dublin

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Things can always get worse, Veronica" March 30, 2004
Just when the media excessively highlights the wrongdoings of unscrupulous journalists (i.e. Jayson Blair at The New York Times) it is redeeming to know that the entire profession isn't completely stripped of its integrity and morals. In the case of Veronica Guerin the public can have some of their faith restored that there are journalists out there who care to uncover the truth for the benefit of the public's well being. I remember hearing about the execution-style killing of Veronica Guerin on the evening news and my heart ached for this senseless killing. Now with the aid of this film individuals can learn the story behind the life and career of Veronica that ultimately led to her premature death.
After witnessing the horrific effects of heroin use on teenagers and children in a rundown housing complex veteran reporter Veronica Guerin decides to refocus her attention on the prevalence of crime in Dublin. Outraged that nobody is covering the drug trade she jumps headfirst into this underground economy and doesn't hesitate to immediately make some powerful enemies. Cruising around in her bright red car through the Dublin streets Veronica fails to back down even after her life is repeatedly threatened and she is brutally attacked. Even the pleading of her family and her work colleagues fail to change her mind.
It is encouraging to know that the efforts of Veronica Guerin were not in vain. Her journalistic accounts of Dublin's drug trade and her subsequent unsympathetic murder has resulted in the passing of several laws such as stripping the assets of suspected drug dealers. However, after watching this film I can't help to wonder about the nameless other journalists who have been similarly slain while in the line of duty. Without these brave souls it is discomforting to think of the stories that would not be covered.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy Tears June 23, 2004
It's Rated-R for strong violence and language, but I strongly recommend that high school and college journalism teachers show this film to their students. As a high school journalism teacher, I saw the opportunity to show students a true story about a journalist. That truth-seeking journalists can make a difference. However, I had no idea that after five times watching the movie, I would cry during the whole 15 minute ending each and every time. Through her journalistic techniques and "finding the truth," she did ultimately pay the price for those antics. But the reason why I was so moved with this movie, was the fact that "she" and her "actions" moved the Irish government to change things. So many people rallied to her and for "her" after her death because she fought the people no one else would fight. She sought the truth exposing those who needed to be in the spotlight for their wrongdoings. Two of the most powerful images in this movie, 1) the children playing with the used drug syringes left on the streets and 2) the funeral procession - you would have thought a diplomat had been laid to rest that day, but instead an honest-seeking journalist who was trying to do her job. My newspaper students sat hypnotized by the television for three days while watching this film. They were moved just as I at the end. It brought a lot of discussion afterwards, too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE MAGNIFICENT CATE May 22, 2004
CATE BLANCHETT is a marvelous actress, one whose dexterity in playing any kind of role (e.g. THE GIFT), will one day elevate her to the Meryl Streep class of actress.
Cate's overwhelming portrayal of journalist Veronica Guerin is nothing but brilliant, and she was sadly overlooked by Oscar, who usually eats up this kind of performance. Even though she won no award, Blanchett infuses Veronica Guerin with a smoldering passion, a strong sense of commitment and perseverance, and a loving mother and wife, whose actions endanger all of them, but she sticks to it. Cate has so many moments of excellence, one can't really elucidate on them without going on and on; suffice to say, Cate is magnificent.
Director Joel Schumacher leaves his action film techniques behind and crafts an envigorating yet sad film. Blanchett is supported by a tremendous cast: Gerard McSorney as John Gilligan is one of the most vile characters on celluloid and McSorney's performance is frightening and powerful. The scene where he attacks Veronica and beats her to a pulp is one of the most disturbing scenes I've witnessed in a long time. Ciaran Hinds (SUM OF ALL FEARS) is brilliant as Veronica's informant and eventual executioner. One can see how he is torn and yet remains selfish enough to save his own hide.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good movie May 4, 2004
I was impressed by Cate Blanchett's performance even more so how well they cast her into this role. She definitely could pass for a relative of Veronica Guerin or that is what it looked like to me anyways. I went out and read a book about Veronica afterwards and was impressed at how well they covered this part of her life in such a short time. I am still waiting to own it. :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
Great movie
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Published 22 days ago by Raleigh Amyx
5.0 out of 5 stars Cate Blanchett turns in a riveting performance as Veronica Guerin.
I consider Cate Blanchett one of the finest actresses of our time, second only to Meryl Streep. From the Irish brogue to her
unfailing and unflinching crusade, the huge drug... Read more
Published 1 month ago by mary swisher
4.0 out of 5 stars Well worth watching
A very gripping story of a very interesting and very heroic young lady who lost her life in the very disturbing historical period of a very troubled land.
Published 1 month ago by Alexander A. DiSanti
5.0 out of 5 stars It's the story!
Most movie reviews tend to focus on acting, direction, screenplay, and other technical factors. In VERONICA GUERIN, all of these are commendable, but IMO the greatest aspect is the... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jim Hasak
5.0 out of 5 stars Expertly Done
If anyone knows and is a (dare I say) fan of the story of Veronica Guerin story, this is for you. Although the story's outcome is a negative one, it is a powerful film.
Published 2 months ago by RII
5.0 out of 5 stars This was a great movie
NOT FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY, a little violent, but it was very entertaining. Sad, moving, brilliant. I bought it. Would recommend watching.
Published 3 months ago by Mo
5.0 out of 5 stars rooks.
I had never heard of this movie. What a shocker and a true story about a newpaper reporter chasing crooks. Takes place in Ireland. Colin Farrell has a Cameo role. Read more
Published 3 months ago by William Dakota
4.0 out of 5 stars hard knocks, true story
An interesting telling of the Irish mob versus the media. Cate is great as usual. Drug lords like I never new existed in Ireland.
Published 3 months ago by Leroy S Marion
5.0 out of 5 stars Suspenseful true story.
I love actress Cate Blanchett and it because of seeing her in this movie years ago that I became a fan. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Irish
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