Veronica Guerin (2003)

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Critic Consensus: Cate Blanchett gives another great performance in a movie that doesn't shed much light on its title character.

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Producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Joel Schumacher take on the real-life story of an assassinated Irish journalist in the dramatic thriller Veronica Guerin. Cate Blanchett appears as the title character, a relentless crime reporter for The Sunday Independent during the early '90s. Guerin's violent murder in 1996 led to a revision of Ireland's laws and the creation of the Criminal Assets Bureau. The movie picks up with her pursuit of the underground drug trade in Dublin, which she suspects is led by mobster Martin "The General" Cahill (Gerry O'Brien). When Cahill's gang is attacked, she suspects mobster Gerry "The Monk" Hutch (Alan Devine) is responsible. Not deterred by threats or gunshot wounds, she uses thug John Traynor (Ciarán Hinds) as an informer to help out her investigation of psychotic mobster John Gilligan (Gerard McSorley). Schumacher's protégé Colin Farell appears in a small role. ~ Andrea LeVasseur, Rovi
Rating:
R (for violence, language and some drug content)
Genre:
Art House & International , Drama
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Cast

Cate Blanchett
as Veronica Guerin
Gerard McSorley
as John Gilligan
Ciarán Hinds
as John Traynor
Brenda Fricker
as Bernie Guerin
Don Wycherley
as Chris Mulligan
Barry Barnes
as Graham Turley
Simon O'Driscoll
as Cathal Turley
Emmet Bergin
as Aengus Fanning
Charlotte Bradley
as Anne Harris
Mark Lambert
as Willie Kealy
Garrett Keogh
as Tony Gregory
Maria McDermottroe
as Geraldine Gilligan
Paudge Behan
as Brian Meehan
Joe Hanley
as Eugene `Dutchie' Holland
David Murray
as Charles Bowden
Karl Shiels
as Gilligan Gang Member No. 1
Barry McEvoy
as Gilligan Gang Member No. 2
Gina Costigan
as Traynor's Girlfriend
Alan Devine
as Gerry Hutch
Gerry O'Brien
as Martin Cahill
Gabrielle Reidy
as Frances Cahill
Paul Roe
as Tommy Mullen
David Herlihy
as Peter `Fatso' Mitchell
Darragh Kelly
as Terry Fagan
Colin Farrell
as Tatooed Boy
Danielle Fox-Clarke
as Girl Junkie
Sarah O'Reilly-Maloney
as Girl Junkie No. 2
Paul Ronan
as Jimmy Guerin
Philip O'Sullivan
as Solicitor
Niall Tobin
as Judge Ballaugh
Kevin McHugh
as Judge at Assault Trial
Joe Taylor
as Priest at Bernadette's Church
Vincent McCabe
as Priest at Funeral
Des Cave
as Police Spokesman
Luke Hayden
as Protection Garda No. 1
Joe Gallagher
as Protection Garda No. 2
Ned Dennehy
as Jamey the Tout
Tommy O'Neill
as Cahill Thug No. 1
Shane McCabe
as Cahill Thug No. 2
Brian McGuinness
as Cahill Thug No. 3
Sally Ann Doddy
as Mrs. Hutch
Aaron Harris
as Press Conference Reporter No. 1
Jonathan White
as Press Conference Reporter No. 2
Maggie Wade
as Coleen the Parole Clerk
Ann Cassin
as Woman Newscaster
Elizabeth Moynihan
as Newscaster No. 2
Jimmy Greeley
as Newscaster No. 1
Brian Dobson
as Newscaster No. 2
Kevin Reynolds
as Studio Interviewer No. 1
Gerry Ryan
as Studio Interviewer No. 2
Barbara Brennan
as Jealous Journalist No. 1
Gary Lilburn
as Jealous Journalist No. 2
Jane Brennan
as Jealous Journalist No. 3
Frank Smith
as Jealous Journalist No. 4
Malachy McKenna
as Male Officer No. 1
Keiran Hurley
as Male Officer No. 2
Terry Byrne
as Man in Registry Office
Mick Nolan
as Tax Assessor
Barbara Ryan
as Aengus' Secretary
Enda Oates
as Warehouse Worker No. 1
Martin Dunne
as Warehouse Worker No. 2
Helen Norton
as Witness Nurse No. 1
Noelle Brown
as Witness Nurse No. 2
Veronica Duffy
as ICU Attendant
Brian Munn
as Elegant Equestrian
Cathy White
as Elegan Equestrian Woman
Amy Shiels
as Gilligan's Mistress
Fiona Glascott
as Meehan's Girlfriend
Shelly Smith
as Gang Girlfriend No. 1
Grainne Debuitlear
as Gang Girlfriend No. 2
Emily Kelly
as Gang Girlfriend No. 3
Vanessa Keogh
as Hooker No. 1
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Critic Reviews for Veronica Guerin

All Critics (139) | Top Critics (37)

Well-meaning but simpleminded.

Full Review… | October 15, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Blanchett gets the accent impeccably, and encompasses both the woman's determined heroism and her delight in the picture byline, but neither she nor the screenplay digs any deeper than secular hagiography.

Full Review… | January 25, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

While I was watching Veronica Guerin, starring Cate Blanchett, I kept imagining the movie it might have been before director Joel Schumacher and producer Jerry Bruckheimer got their hands on it.

August 7, 2004
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

As movie material, Veronica Guerin's life could have benefited from the gutsy probing the woman herself was renowned for.

Full Review… | October 22, 2003
Toronto Star
Top Critic

You don't need subtlety for a movie like this -- which is fortunate considering that Schumacher is the director -- but you need a kind of craft that Schumacher doesn't possess.

Full Review… | October 22, 2003
Salon.com
Top Critic

The movie never adequately explains the inner conflicts that led its relentless-reporter heroine to die.

October 17, 2003
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Veronica Guerin

½

As a slice of Irish history (the 1990's) this star vehicle is invaluable, swapping the quaint and rustic land o'leprechans movie Ireland usually seen for a truer portrait, peopled by normal modern folk. But, they've left out why anyone would make the sacrifices this woman made, leaving a too slick biopic instead. Blanchett delivers nonetheless.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

½

Powerful stuff based on true story of a brave lady journalist. Very much watchable.

familiar stranger
familiar stranger

Super Reviewer

½

Aside from the state of Dublin that is shown at the begining of this film, there were no real surprises here for me. Though a bit predictable at times, it is still a good film. As sad as it is to say, it is people like Veronica Guerin (who do the right thing to spite the risks involved) that keep us progressing as a society. Their stories must be told to remind us that unless we fight for what is right, we will remain bogged down in everything that is wrong. I consider myself a huge Cate Blanchett fan, but I have to say her "Irish" accent here was a bit dodgy at times, but the performance was otherwise a very powerful one.

Robert C
Robert C

Super Reviewer

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