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Veronica Guerin [DVD] [2003] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Walt Disney Video
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000189LE2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 243,597 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Veronica Guerin

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I was back in Ireland just a few weeks after the murder of Veronica Guerin and it was still reverberating around the country. It did have the advantage of taking people's attention away from the Nutty North and marching season and the annual confrontation of Drumcree. As one Irish newspaper put it (sort of), we have enough problems of our own down here without bothering about two lots of eejits who want to fight each other. With increasing prosperity, the Irish drug scene expanded dramatically and with it the arrival of vicious organised crime, with even the IRA, for all its lofty Republican rhetoric, getting involved.

Living abroad, I know little about Guerin's style (apart from the fact that it was brave bordering on irresponsibly reckless). Her editor seemed to let her get away with murder, possibly (one could cynically think) because all the controversy sold papers.

Judging the film on its own merits, I found it excellent. Cate Blanchett, a dinki di Aussie, does a great job with the accent and the acting of both Ms. Blanchett and the supporting cast, are generally first rate. It's been a long time since I've seen a villain as menacing and frightening as John Gilligan. But did the real Ms. Guerin really get around the seediest areas of Dublin in glamorous, beautifully-cut pants suits? That aside, the only disconnect comes when Ms. Blanchett shows total lack of fear in confronting gangsters and then turns into a terrified jelly when beaten up/shot. I would have expected a bit more fear in the confrontations rather than the extreme nonchalance evinced by Ms. Blanchett. Nevertheless, a very good film.
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By A Customer on 16 Jun. 2005
Format: VHS Tape
This is a fantastic well directed and produced film, although it does lose a little of it's impact on the small screen. I was initially apprenhensive that an Australian was cast in the lead role and had visions of a similarly dire interpretation of an Irish accent as Julia Roberts playing Kitty in Michael Collins. However, it is a credit to Cate Blanchetts excellent acting ability that she took the role seriously and gave a brilliant portrayal of the Irish Journalist. This is by no means a light hearted film but the moments of comic relief are excellently timed and necessary when dealing with the horrorific events that lead to Veronica Guerin's death. I have read about Veronica Guerin's investigations in depth and I feel credit is due to the director for not using poetic licence as excuse to make inappropiate but dramatic changes to the story.
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This movie, based on the true life of Irish journalist for the Sunday Independent Veronica Guerin, is uplifting and sad in unison. I found myself amazed at the courage shown by this woman in facing the organized crime in Ireland, fighting to make the world a better place by exposing these people. On the other side, it is sad to know that her quest had nefarious results for her and her family. This is one of the best movies I have seen this year, and knowing that these events really happened lifts it to another level for me.
The movie starts with the shooting of Veronica after she gets out from court where she was facing charges on twelve hundred parking violations and a couple of speeding tickets for going over one hundred miles per hour. Then, the action goes back and starts revealing how the journalist got to that point. Veronica Guerin was a journalist that felt empty when writing casual and non-critical articles, so when she is assigned to the crime section, she finds a cause she can embrace. In Ireland, the drug trade has driven crimes rates to a record high, and a myriad of youngsters are living in the streets, having only one desire...to get high. Veronica's quest consists in connecting the drugs to the crime lords and bring the organization down. To do this she starts relentlessly pursuing these dangerous people and gets her family and herself into dangerous situations. "The Monk", "The Coach" and "The General", among others, are getting nervous.
While watching this movie you will find yourself cheering for the heroine, and getting worried and scared for what may happen to her and her family. Cate Blanchett has a stellar performance, which makes the character even more likable. This actress focuses a good part of her time on plays, but I would really love if she decided to devote a larger part of her time to movies, which is what I usually have access to.
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By A Customer on 21 Jan. 2004
Format: DVD
I can clearly remember the murder of Veronica Guerin and the horror of it has never left me.
It would have been easy to sentimentalise her life, a young mother gunned down, but the movie "Veronica Guerin" did not.It portrayed an ambitious journalist whose determination to investigate the real dangers in the Irish Republic may have led her to act wrecklessly at times.
Cate Blanchett is astonishingly good in the title role, with the always excellent Ciaran Hinds giving a fine performance too.
Sad it may be but "Veronica Guerin" is an important story and needs to be seen.
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By Mr. Joe HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on 23 Nov. 2003
Format: DVD
Four and a half stars, actually.

VERONICA GUERIN is based on real events. It's the second screen telling of the story, the first being WHEN THE SKY FALLS (2000) starring Joan Allen.
In this version, Cate Blanchett stars in the title role as the Dublin journalist on Ireland's leading newspaper, who takes it as her personal mission to expose the burgeoning drug trade in the mid-1990's. Her stubborn probing brings her onto the radar of some very hard and violent men, in particular one John Gilligan (Gerard McSorley). Guerin persists despite escalating threats and violence to her person. It's a matter of public record that she was gunned down in her car on June 26, 1996 while waiting at a traffic light, the depiction of which assassination is initiated during the first few minutes of the film.
VERONICA GUERIN is a revelation. Call it naivete, but I never suspected that Ireland had such a vicious and violent drug problem. I mean, didn't St. Patrick drive out the snakes?
Cate Blanchett is perhaps one of the very best dramatic actresses in film today. She doesn't just act her role, she becomes one with it. She is the single best reason to see this movie, and the reason that I'm giving 4.5 stars to an otherwise 3-star production. But why not five?
Blanchett's Guerin persona is glamorous, exuberant, witty, and flirtatious - I think I'm in love. However, I've the sneaking suspicion that the scriptwriters embellished the personality of the murdered reporter to make it play better to the audience. If they did, they'd no good reason to have done so since Veronica's two-year battle against drug dealing scum is by itself a front-page story of incredible heroism - or incredible foolishness. Perhaps the world would be a better place had it more of such fools.
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