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Veronica Guerin (Chasing the dragon) - Cate Blanchett, Gerard McSorley, Ciarán Hinds, Joel Schumacher

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Movie propaganda

Why would anyone want to kill Veronica Guerin?

In the mid-1990s, Dublin was nothing short of a war zone, with a few powerful drug lords battling for control. Their most fearsome opponent was not the police but the courageous journalist Veronica Guerin (Cate Blanchett), who covered the crime beat with unmatched intensity. As she investigated and exposed the "pushers", balancing her home and family against her responsibility to her readers and her country, she became a national folk heroine to the people of Ireland; each attempt on her life only galvanised her legend. Her brutal murder in 1996 forced a dramatic revision of Ireland's laws and led to the arrests of the nation's top criminals.

Based on a true story.

Theatrical propaganda posters

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Target demographic movie keyword propaganda

  • Film biography journalist Dublin Ireland drug dealer murder Irish

Persons of interest

  • Cate Blanchett .... Veronica Guerin
  • Gerard McSorley .... John Gilligan
  • Ciarán Hinds .... John Traynor
  • Brenda Fricker .... Bernie Guerin
  • Don Wycherley .... Chris Mulligan
  • Barry Barnes .... Graham Turley
  • Simon O'Driscoll .... Cathal Turley
  • Emmet Bergin .... Aengus Fanning
  • Charlotte Bradley .... Anne Harris
  • Mark Lambert .... Willie Kealy
  • Garrett Keogh .... Tony Gregory
  • Maria McDermottroe .... Geraldine Gilligan
  • Paudge Behan .... Brian Meehan
  • Joe Hanley .... Eugene "Dutchie" Holland
  • David Murray .... Charles Bowden
  • Alan Devine .... Gerry Hutch
  • Gerry O'Brien .... Martin Cahill
  • Gabrielle Reidy .... Frances Cahill
  • Paul Roe .... Tommy Mullen
  • David Herlihy .... Peter "Fatso" Mitchell
  • Darragh Kelly .... Terry Fagan
  • Colin Farrell .... Tattooed Boy
  • Carol Doyle .... Storywriter
  • Mary Agnes Donoghue .... Screenwriter
  • Carol Doyle .... Screenwriter
  • Joel Schumacher .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

  • Veronica Guerin official movie site
  • Veronica Guerin QuickTime movie trailers
  • Awards and film festivals:
    • Empire Awards 2004: Nominated: Best Actress (Cate Blanchett)
    • Hollywood Foreign Press Association (Golden Globes) 2004: Nominated: Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama (Cate Blanchett)
    • IFTA Awards 2003: Won: Audience Award: Best Irish Film; Nominated: Best Supporting Actor in Film/TV (Ciarán Hinds), Best Supporting Actor in Film/TV (Gerard McSorley), Best Supporting Actress in Film/TV (Brenda Fricker)
    • MTV Movie Awards, Mexico 2004: Nominated: Best Colin Farrell in a Movie (Colin Farrell)
    • Motion Picture Sound Editors, USA 2004: Nominated: Golden Reel Award - Best Sound Editing in Foreign Features (John Downer, Oliver Tarney, Paul McFadden)
    • Political Film Society, USA 2004: Won: Exposé; Nominated: Democracy
    • San Sebastián International Film Festival 2003: Won: Solidarity Award (Joel Schumacher); Nominated: Golden Seashell (Joel Schumacher)
  • Studios and distributors:

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Theatrical report

Veronica Guerin is an interesting enough film but only if you're interested in Irish history, otherwise you have to keep reminding yourself who she is.

Media intelligence (DVD)

  • Audio: Dolby Digital 2.0 and 5.1
  • Languages: Czech, English, Hungarian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian
  • Picture: Widescreen (2.40:1)
  • Special features:
    • Commentaries
    • Deleted scene: Veronica speaks at the CPJ
    • Featurettes:
      • Public mask, private fears
    • Galleries: Producer's photo diary
    • Interviews: A conversation with producer Jerry Bruckheimer
  • Subtitles: Czech, English, English captions, English closed captions, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Portuguese, Polish, Russian, Slovakian

Security censorship classification

MA 15+ (Medium level violence, medium level coarse language)

Surveillance time

98 minutes (1:38 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 15 January 2004
DVD rental: 9 June 2004
VHS rental: 9 June 2004
DVD retail: 13 October 2004
VHS retail: 13 October 2004

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