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Ordinary Decent Criminal (2000)

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Brilliant, flamboyant master criminal Michael Lynch is more interested in his image and his posterity than the actual profit from his ill-gotten gains.

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Christine Lynch
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Noel Quigley
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Lisa
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Tony Brady
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Commissioner Daly
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Fr. Grogan
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Tom Rooney
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Billy Lynch
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Alec (as Colin Farrel)
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Jerome Higgins
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Storyline

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 Anonymous

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Michael, he was a terrible gangster, his friends... are just ordinary See more »

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Comedy | Crime

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, some violence and sexuality | See all certifications »
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7 January 2000 (Ireland)  »

Also Known As:

Ein ganz gewöhnlicher Dieb  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£80,444 (UK) (17 March 2000)

Gross:

£80,444 (UK) (17 March 2000)
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2.35 : 1
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Originally this film was intended to be a film about Martin Cahill (aka The General) a Dublin crime lord. However when the makers discovered that John Boorman was making a film about him already, they changed the storyline. The original intent of the film can still be seen in certain sequences. When he tortures a member of his gang in the belief that he had stolen from him (there is a similar though more accurate scene in The General (1998)) and when visiting the gallery to steal the paintings (The General stole several painting that comprised part of the Beit collection in Russborough house) and also the fact that his 'wives' were sisters See more »

Goofs

The post-prod dubbing/synching of Linda Fiorentino's voice is obvious and badly orchestrated. Her voice is soft and closely mic'd and there appears to be no atmospheric interference, dulling or mixing. See more »

Quotes

Michael Lynch: His story's so stupid it's probably true.
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Referenced in Veronica Guerin (2003) See more »

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Film Ballad
Words & Music by Damon Albarn
Used by kind permission of EMI Music Publishing Ltd.
Performed by Damon Albarn
Produced by Damon Albarn and Stephen Street
Damon Albarn appears courtesy of Food and EMI Records Ltd.
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Ordinary Decent Show
1 November 2004 | by (South Down. Ireland) – See all my reviews

The film itself is a bit of a laugh. The part where Stevie laments over his poverty stricken child hood is hilarious. Fair enough the foreign actors such as Spacey's and Baxendale's accent are useless but sure at the end of the day its no big deal. The Gardai Siochanna are also a wild laugh with them following Spacey about through Dublin giving him plenty of stick. This film can't be taken seriously and was never intended to be. If you wanted the true story about Michael Cahill, go and watch 'the General' if you want to see a crowd of cowboys rampaging through Dublin making a mockery of the Gardai Siochanna then watch this film. All in all a good laugh but not one for 'serious viewers'.


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