The Guard (2011)

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The Guard is 2011 Irish black comedy film written and directed by John Michael McDonagh, and starring Brendan Gleeson and Don Cheadle. It is the most successful independent Irish film of all time in terms of Irish box-office receipts, overtaking The Wind that Shakes the Barley (2006) which previously held this status. An unorthodox Garda (Irish policeman) named Boyle (Brendan Gleeson) joins forces with a straight-laced FBI agent (American special policeman) named Everett (Don Cheadle) to take on an international drug smuggling gang in Ireland's Connemara Gaeltacht. A murder which appears to be the work of an occult serial killer is the first incident, the relevance of which is then revealed by Boyle in a briefing by an FBI agent, sent to liaise with the Gardai. A web of bribery, blackmail and killings ensues. Boyle and Everett form an unlikely alliance and bring about a bloody climax. Principal filming began on October 29, 2009, in Leitir Móir (Lettermore) Co. Galway. Filming took place over a six-week period in Connemara, Leitir Móir, Leitir Mealláin (Lettermullen), An Spidéal and Bearna with some scenes for filming in Wicklow and Dublin.

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