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Gleason and Cheadle star in 'The Guard' at Little Theatre

by Tonya Durlach

Nov. 29, 2011 | WMU News

Publicity photo from The Guard film.
Brendan Gleason in "The Guard"

KALAMAZOO--Kalamazoo Film Society presents "The Guard," starring Brendan Gleason and Don Cheadle, Friday through Sunday, Dec. 9-11, in the Little Theatre at Western Michigan University.

Show times are 7 and 9 p.m. Friday; 4:30, 7 and 9 p.m. Saturday; and 2:30, 5 and 7 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $5.

"The Guard" is a comical fish-out-of-water tale of murder, blackmail, drug trafficking and rural police corruption. Two policemen must join forces to take on an international drug-smuggling gang--one, an unorthodox Irish policeman and the other, a straight-laced FBI agent.

Sgt. Gerry Boyle (Gleason) is an eccentric small-town cop with a confrontational and crass personality and a subversive sense of humor. A longtime policeman in Galway, Ireland, Boyle is a maverick with his own moral code. He has seen enough of the world to know there isn't much to it and has had plenty of time to think about it. When a fellow police officer disappears and Boyle's small town becomes key to a large drug trafficking investigation, he is forced to at least feign interest when dealing with the humorless FBI agent Wendell Everett (Cheadle) assigned to the case.

Written and directed by John Michael McDonagh, "The Guard" is rated R for adult situations, offensive language and violence. Released in 2011, the film has a run time of 96 minutes and is shown in English.

Parking and directions

The Little Theatre is located at the corner of Oakland Drive and Oliver Lane on WMU's East Campus. Free off-street parking is available behind the theatre.

For more information, visit, contact the Kalamazoo Film Society at, or call the Little Theatre movie line at (269) 387-8221.