The Guard (2011)

2011 The Guard Movie Film Cinema Poster Art Advance Teaser Theatrical

In this lovely little comedy set in Ireland, Brendan Gleeson plays an unorthodox rural garda (policeman) who has to team up with an FBI agent (Don Cheadle) to catch some international criminals. The mismatching of these two coppers from very different backgrounds makes for a funny and warm movie with a tiny bit of action thrown in.

Wonderful Cinema would ask you to watch out for unrealistic expectations before watching The Guard. In our opinion, marketing campaigns making bold statements such as “A Raucous Comedy!” only serve to prepare the consumer for disappointment. This is a thoroughly entertaining film but crying with laughter for 96 minutes you will not.


You can find more information on this Irish film on Wikipedia and IMDb.

As always, we recommend you don’t ruin any surprises by reading spoilers or watching this trailer:


Title: The Guard

Language: English

Direction: John Michael McDonagh

Screenplay: John Michael McDonagh

Cinematography: Larry Smith

Editing: Chris Gill

Score: Calexico

Stars: Brendan Gleeson, Don Cheadle, Mark Strong, Liam Cunningham, David Wilmot, Fionnula Flanagan, Sarah Greene, Dominique McElligott, Rory Keenan, Katarina Čas, Darren Healy, Michael Og Lane


Full Acting Cast and Roles



  1. one of those little gems that a lot of people haven’t seen…. having Irish relatives, it is a particular favourite. Dry and often dark humour and Brendon Gleeson is wonderful in most films.

  2. Love all of Don Cheadle films. He has always played such strong serious parts. It is going to be interesting seeing him in a comedy.

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