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An unorthodox Irish policeman with a confrontational personality is partnered with an up-tight F.B.I. agent to investigate an international drug-smuggling ring.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ronan Collins Ronan Collins ... Young Man in Car
Paraic Nialand Paraic Nialand ... Young Man in Car
John Patrick Beirne John Patrick Beirne ... Young Man in Car
Liam O'Conghaile Liam O'Conghaile ... Young Man in Car
Christopher Kilmartin Christopher Kilmartin ... Young Man in Car
Brendan Gleeson ... Gerry Boyle
Rory Keenan ... Aidan McBride
Declan Mannlen Declan Mannlen ... James McCormick (as Declan Mannion)
Laurence Kinlan ... Photographer
Michael Og Lane Michael Og Lane ... Eugene Moloney (as Mícheál Óg Lane)
Liam Cunningham ... Francis Sheehy-Skeffington
Owen Sharpe ... Billy Devaney
Fionnula Flanagan ... Eileen Boyle
Wale Ojo ... Doctor Oleyuwo
Don Cheadle ... FBI Agent Wendell Everett
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Storyline

Sergeant Gerry Boyle is a small-town Irish cop with a confrontational personality, a subversive sense of humor, a dying mother, a fondness for prostitutes, and absolutely no interest whatsoever in the international cocaine-smuggling ring that has brought straight-laced FBI agent Wendell Everett to his door. Written by Element Pictures

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The FBI are about to discover that things work a little different around here.

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive language, some violence, drug material and sexual content | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

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Country:

Ireland

Language:

English | Irish

Release Date:

7 July 2011 (Ireland) See more »

Also Known As:

El irlandés See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$76,834, 31 July 2011

Gross USA:

$5,360,274

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$19,560,274
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The pier where Cornell bribes Stanton and Moody is the same pier that is in the photograph behind Boyle in the scene in which Everett is leaving town See more »

Goofs

The Irish Folk Band in the "Hooker Bar" scene plays a tune which is listed in the credits as "The Star of the County Down". This information is incorrect, though.

The tune itself got published in 1726 by Alexander Stuart in the book "Music for Allan Ramsay's Collection of Scots Songs" and was named "Gilderoy", only later (end of 19th century) did Cathal Mac Garvey write the lyrics for "The Star of the County Down", but other songs have been written to the tune also: "My Love Nell", "Divers and Lazarus", "The Murder of Maria Martin", "Mary from Blackwater Side", "When first I left old Ireland" all used the same melody.

Since the song was performed as an instrumental only, it is definitely wrong to credit it as "The Star of the County Down". See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Sergeant Gerry Boyle: [red car speeds past his speed trap, tires screech, car crashes]
Sergeant Gerry Boyle: [finds drugs in the pocket of dead teen] I don't think your mammy would be too pleased about that now.
Sergeant Gerry Boyle: [walks aside and swallows one of the pills] What a beautiful fuckin' day.
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Connections

References School's Out (1930) See more »

Soundtracks

Ode to Billie Joe
Written by Bobbie Gentry
Performed by Bobbie Gentry
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Film defence
10 August 2011 | by roboclerk-130-629555See all my reviews

I must take issue with the bobbowhite review.

As a citizen of Ireland I can safely say that this film is easy to understand and accents should not be adjusted just so that USA folk can follow.

If an English MP can find the film enjoyable and recommend it to her 35,000+ twitter followers, then no-one should complain.

The scenery is superb.

The characters just right for the West of Ireland as I remember it.

The whole scope of the current Irish populace is contained in the film and age old attitudes subtly dealt with.


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