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Veronica Guerin

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Overview

Producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Joel Schumacher take on the real-life story of an assassinated Irish journalist in the dramatic thriller Veronica Guerin. Cate Blanchett appears as the title character, a relentless crime reporter for The Sunday Independent during the early '90s. Guerin's violent murder in 1996 led to a revision of Ireland's laws and the creation of the Criminal Assets Bureau. The movie picks up with her pursuit of the underground drug trade in Dublin, which she suspects is led by mobster ...
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Overview

Producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Joel Schumacher take on the real-life story of an assassinated Irish journalist in the dramatic thriller Veronica Guerin. Cate Blanchett appears as the title character, a relentless crime reporter for The Sunday Independent during the early '90s. Guerin's violent murder in 1996 led to a revision of Ireland's laws and the creation of the Criminal Assets Bureau. The movie picks up with her pursuit of the underground drug trade in Dublin, which she suspects is led by mobster Martin "The General" Cahill Gerry O'Brien. When Cahill's gang is attacked, she suspects mobster Gerry "The Monk" Hutch Alan Devine is responsible. Not deterred by threats or gunshot wounds, she uses thug John Traynor Ciarán Hinds as an informer to help out her investigation of psychotic mobster John Gilligan Gerard McSorley. Schumacher's protégé Colin Farell appears in a small role.
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Chalk up another triumph for Cate Blanchett, who's absolutely sensational as a plucky Dublin reporter single-handedly taking on the Irish Mafia in the mid-'90s. Since this film first hit theater screens, it has been noted that the real-life Veronica Guerin wasn't nearly as charming as her cinematic counterpart, and that many historical details were embellished or fabricated outright to make more compelling entertainment. Nonetheless, in broad outline the story is true to the facts: Guerin exposed drug-peddling mobsters in Dublin and paid a terrible price for her activism. Blanchett plays the reporter as a nimble-minded, fast-talking, indefatigable newshound who seems to value a journalistic scoop far more than her long-suffering family. Dependable character actor Ciarian Hinds shines as the gangster who doubles as Guerin's informant, and Gerard McSorley contributes a truly blood-chilling turn as the explosive crime lord who vows to exact revenge on the reporter for her interference. Though seemingly out of his element in Dublin's mean streets, director Joel Schumacher skillfully replicates the seedy settings in which most the story unfolds, and he coaxes fine performances from all the supporting players. But he also gives Blanchett plenty of room, which pays off with a dynamic star turn that in coming years will surely rank among this talented performer's very best.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/16/2004
  • UPC: 786936208177
  • Original Release: 2003
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  • Source: Walt Disney Video
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Cate Blanchett Veronica Guerin
Gerard McSorley John Gilligan
Ciarán Hinds John "The Coach" Traynor
Brenda Fricker Bernadette Guerin
Barry Barnes Graham Turley
Joe Hanley Holland
David Murray Bowden
David Herlihy Peter "Fatso"Mitchell
Karl Shiels Gilligan Gang Member #1
Barry McEvoy Gilligan Gang Member #2
Alan Devine Gerry "The Monk" Hutch
Gerry O'Brien Martin "The General" Cahill
Don Wycherley Chris Mulligan
Simon O'Driscoll Cathal Guerin
Paudge Behan Brian Meahan
Colin Farrell Spanky McSpank
Darragh Kelly Terry Fagan
Technical Credits
Joel Schumacher Director
Joan Bergin Costumes/Costume Designer
Jerry Bruckheimer Producer
Nathan Crowley Production Designer
Agnes Donoghue Screenwriter
Ned Dowd Executive Producer
Carol Doyle Original Story, Screenwriter
Brendan Galvin Cinematographer
David Gamble Editor
Tommy Gormley Asst. Director
Harry Gregson-Williams Score Composer
Kieran Horgan Sound/Sound Designer
Nuala Moiselle Casting
Frank Moiselle Casting
Chad Oman Executive Producer
Mike Stenson Executive Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I remember...

    ...when the news broke, despite being a lad in America. This is a very moving and accurate account.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Cate Blanchett does Veronica Guerin more than justice

    I've viewed this film 4 times since its release & have found it to be one of the most moving films of this new century. I wish the American release of the film had been greater. The people of this country need to see this film in light of the war on drugs. It's tragic that Ms. Guerin lost her life, but it's also compelling to all of us to take up the torch & courage against the evils of this world. Ms. Blanchett deserves an Oscar for her portrayal of Ms. Guerin. She is by far one of the outstanding actors of our time. I hope to see more films from her of this magnitude.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    a powerful movie

    I saw this movie when it was released in Dublin. As an American viewing this movie and talking to people who new her, seeing the streets she worked on. It was overwhelming. I am disappointed that it did not have a bigger release in America. Cate Blanchet gives one of the finest Oscar winning performances. I recommend it to everyone. It is very intense and scary at times. I would not let anyone under 15 watch it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    down to earth

    as a former hard core pat, I lived the live so I know this showing is truthfull, and revealing, the only thing lacking, was indephed showing, I live in Amerika now, but the old days are still fresh in my mind, and this showing really rekindalled that, my hat off to yous!

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    Posted February 10, 2010

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