Veronica Guerin

  • 18
  • Joel Schumacher (2003)
  • US / UK / Ire
  • 94 min
Veronica Guerin
Film Review
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4 out of 5

The age of the newspaper reporter as crusading hero is given an excellent treatment in this biographical drama. Veronica Guerin (Cate Blanchett) was assassinated after writing a series of revelatory articles exposing the drug overlords who battled for control of Dublin in the mid-1990s. Like Erin Brockovich, Guerin pursued a moral goal. Unlike Brockovich, she paid the ultimate price for championing the truth. Her courageous story has already provided the inspiration for the 2000 film When the Sky Falls, which starred Joan Allen, but director Joel Schumacher's reconstruction of events works thanks to Blanchett's brilliant portrayal of Guerin. Colin Farrell also offers a sly portrait of a druggie informer and Brenda Fricker a poignant cameo as Veronica's mother, while Schumacher unleashes the ripples of tension to terrific effect. This is certainly a headline-worthy report.

Plot Summary

Biographical drama starring Cate Blanchett. Dublin, the mid-1990s: crusading newspaper journalist Veronica Guerin is on the trail of the underground drugs trade. Her determined investigations lead her from one thuggish mobster to the next until she realises that her life is in terrible danger.

Cast and crew


Veronica Guerin
Cate Blanchett
John Gilligan
Gerard McSorley
John Traynor
Ciaran Hinds
Bernadette Guerin
Brenda Fricker
Graham Turley
Barry Barnes
Joe Hanley
David Murray
Peter "Fatso" Mitchell
David Herlihy
Gilligan gang member number one
Karl Shiels
Gilligan gang member number one
Barry McEvoy
Gerry "The Monk" Hutch
Alan Devine
Martin "The General" Cahill
Gerry O'Brien
Don Wycherley
Spanky McSpank
Colin Farrell (2)
Aengus Fanning
Emmet Bergin
Terry Fagan
Darragh Kelly
Tony Gregory
Garrett Keogh
Laurence Kinlan
Judge Ballaugh
Niall Toibin


Joel Schumacher

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
Buena Vista
Violence, swearing and drug abuse.
Available on video and DVD
Released 1 Aug 2003
Certificate 18