The Guard is an Irish black comedy, written and directed by John Michael McDonagh, starring Brendan Gleeson and Don Cheadle.
The Guard is about an unorthodox Irish policeman (Brendan Gleeson) joins forces with a strait-laced FBI agent (Don Cheadle) to take on an international drug smuggling gang in Ireland.
Film producers include Chris Clark, Flora Fernandez-Marengo, Ed Guiney, and Andrew Lowe, with executive producers Paul Brett, Don Cheadle, Martin McDonagh, David Nash, Ralph Kamp, Lenore Zerman, and associate producer Elizabeth Eves.
Director John Michael McDonagh is known for his screenplay for the 2003 film Ned Kelly and as writer/director of the 2000 film The Second Death. Cinematographer Larry Smith is known for his work on Eyes Wide Shut and production designer John-Paul Kelly for his work on Venus.
Principal filming began on October 29, 2009, in Leitir Móir Co. Galway. Filming took place over a six week period in Connemara, Leitir Móir, Leitir Mealláin, An Spidéal and Barna with some scenes for filming in Wicklow. Involved companies are Reprisal Films and Element Pictures in association with Prescience, Aegis Film Fund, UK Film Council, and Crescendo Productions, with the participation of An Bord Scannán na hÉireann (Irish Film Board).
International sales are being handled by Metropolis Films and the film is to be released by Sony Pictures Classics in North America, Optimum Releasing in the United Kingdom and Element Pictures Distribution in Ireland.
In The Hollywood Reporter, Todd McCarthy wrote:
Scabrous, profane, violent, verbally adroit and very often hilarious, this twisted and exceptionally accomplished variation on the buddy-cop format is capped by a protean performance by Brendan Gleeson a defiantly iconoclastic Irish West Country policeman.
The Guard was first released January 20, at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival