The Guard

Director: John Michael McDonagh Starring: Brendan Gleeson, Don Cheadle and Mark Strong Plot: THE GUARD is a comedy-thriller set on the west coast of Ireland. An unorthodox Garda, Boyle (Brendan Gleeson) joins forces with a straight-laced FBI agent named Everett, (Don Cheadle) to take on an international drug smuggling gang in Connemara’s 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.This is the most successful independent Irish film of all time in terms of Irish box-office receipts. Locations: The Black Castle & the harbour in Wicklow Town  
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