Veronica Guerin

Veronica Guerin

Joel Schumacher (2003)

18 Certificate


Our Score
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.


Fact-based drama about crime reporter Veronica Guerin, who set out to expose Ireland's crime lords but ended up paying the ultimate price. The film opens with the journalist's assassination, then looks back to trace her attempts to establish a link between Dublin's drug trade and infamous gangster Martin Cahill in the mid-1990s. Starring Cate Blanchett, Gerard McSorley, Ciaran Hinds and Brenda Fricker.

Cast & Crew

Veronica Guerin Cate Blanchett
John Gilligan Gerard McSorley
John Traynor Ciaran Hinds
Bernadette Guerin Brenda Fricker
Graham Turley Barry Barnes
Holland Joe Hanley
Bowden 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
Chris Don Wycherley
Spanky McSpank Colin Farrell (2)
Aengus Fanning Emmet Bergin
Terry Fagan Darragh Kelly
Tony Gregory Garrett Keogh
Timmy Laurence Kinlan
Judge Ballaugh Niall Toibin
Director Joel Schumacher
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Buena VistaGuidance: Violence, swearing and drug abuse.Available on: video and DVDReleased on: 1 Aug 2003