Michael Lynch is Dublin's most notorious criminal, his brazen robberies making him the bane of the Gardaí and a hero to his fellow working class city Northsiders. When not playing happy families with his two wives - sisters Christine and Lisa - and his children, Lynch is busy plotting elaborate heists, thinking as much about the showmanship of it all as he is the loot involved. On his case is Garda Noel Quigley, his determination to convict Lynch slowly turning into an obsession. Inevitably, a showdown looms. Written by
The story that Father Grogan tells Michael and Christine about finding Caravaggio's "The Taking of Christ" is true. The painting was found by accident when it was sent for cleaning. It can now be see in the National Gallery of Ireland as stated. See more »
This movie was set around 1991-3. However, visible in a number of places are both Fiat Punto cars and CitySwift buses. These were not introduced until 1994 and 1995 respectively. In the bank raid scene, the notes which are stolen are Series III Irish banknotes. These notes were not fully introduced until 1996, and the £20 notes shown in the raid were not even partially introduced at the time the movie was set See more »
[to hostages, flaunting his automatic weapon]
Say hello to my little friend!
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I stumbled across this movie and watched it without preconceptions or expectations. Unlike many of your reviewers I enjoyed it hugely. But then, I haven't seen "The General". So whether comparison with that film is fair or not, I couldn't say.
But what none of your reviewers have pointed to is its structural resemblance to "Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels". ODC is not as original as that wonderful film, but imitation is the sincerest form of flattery and it doesn't do a bad job in terms of wit or entertainment.
Spacey's casting is a bit bizarre, but works because of that and his geniality lifts the movie. Only Patrick Malahide takes character truly into the realms of caricature.
Overall ODC is an engaging and enjoyable romp of a film with some nice twists and plenty to enjoy in an undemanding sort of way.
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