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Veronica Guerin

  • Documentary and factual
  • Drama
  • 2003
  • Joel Schumacher
  • 94 mins
  • 18

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.

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Review

A star rating of 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.

Credits

Cast

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Veronica GuerinCate Blanchett
John GilliganGerard McSorley
John TraynorCiaran Hinds
Bernadette GuerinBrenda Fricker
Graham TurleyBarry Barnes
HollandJoe Hanley
BowdenDavid Murray
Peter "Fatso" MitchellDavid Herlihy
Gilligan gang member number oneKarl Shiels
Gilligan gang member number oneBarry McEvoy
Gerry "The Monk" HutchAlan Devine
Martin "The General" CahillGerry O'Brien
ChrisDon Wycherley
Spanky McSpankColin Farrell (2)
Aengus FanningEmmet Bergin
Terry FaganDarragh Kelly
Tony GregoryGarrett Keogh
TimmyLaurence Kinlan
Judge BallaughNiall Toibin

Crew

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DirectorJoel Schumacher

Details

Theatrical distributor
Buena Vista
Released on
2003-08-01
Languages
English
Guidance
Violence, swearing and drug abuse.
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Colour
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