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The real-life story of Dublin folk hero and criminal Martin Cahill, who pulled off two daring robberies in Ireland with his team, but attracted unwanted attention from the police, the IRA, the UVF and members of his own team.

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The real-life story of Dublin folk hero and criminal Martin Cahill, who pulled off two daring robberies in Ireland with his team, but attracted unwanted attention from the police, the IRA, the UVF and members of his own team.

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The extraordinary true story of the rise and fall of the gangster, Martin Cahill. See more »


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Rated R for violence and pervasive language | See all certifications »
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18 December 1998 (USA)  »

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£286,365 (UK) (29 May 1998)

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$1,211,865 (USA) (21 May 1999)
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Trivia

When the film was shown theaters, it was in black and white but when it aired on American cable television networks, it was shown in color. See more »

Goofs

The movie shows the raid on the jewelry manufacturers Thomas O'Connor and Sons in Harold's Cross, Dublin, which took place July 27th, 1983. The raiders use a Volkswagen T4 Transporter in the movie that wasn't in production in 1983 - this model was introduced onto the market in 1991. See more »

Quotes

Martin Cahill: We never should have bought this house. You never own things. You never own things. The things own you.
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Referenced in All Over the Guy (2001) See more »

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Superbly drawn character study of infamous Irish criminal
14 August 1999 | by (Fargo, North Dakota) – See all my reviews

Brendan Gleeson's performance as notorious Irish master criminal Martin "The General" Cahill is a small miracle. Alternating between a brash swagger and a sullen fatalism, Gleeson utterly transforms himself (I love how he hides his face simply by cocking his head down and shielding it with his hand, peeking out between splayed fingers) into the charismatic thief. Director and screenwriter John Boorman, who delighted in revealing that he had once been robbed of a gold record by the real-life Cahill (he references it anecdotally in the film) has done some of his best work here, creating a totally engrossing character study that includes tense robberies, playful confrontations with the police, and eyebrow-raising relationships, but he never forgets to maintain the delicate balance between the light-hearted (and light-fingered) humor and the danger and desperation inherent in a high-profile life of crime.


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