Ordinary Decent Criminal (2000)

R  |   |  Comedy, Crime  |  7 January 2000 (Ireland)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Christine Lynch
Noel Quigley
Tony Brady
Commissioner Daly
Fr. Grogan
Gary Lydon ...
Tom Rooney
Billy Lynch
Alec (as Colin Farrel)
Shay Kirby
Tim Loane ...
Jerome Higgins


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 »


Comedy | Crime

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, some violence and sexuality | See all certifications »


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Release Date:

7 January 2000 (Ireland)  »

Also Known As:

Ein ganz gewöhnlicher Dieb  »

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Opening Weekend:

£80,444 (UK) (17 March 2000)


£80,444 (UK) (17 March 2000)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Colin Farrell and Vincent Regan later acted together in Alexander (2004). See more »


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 »


Alec: [to hostages, flaunting his automatic weapon] Say hello to my little friend!
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References Riverdance: The Show (1995) See more »


The Story of Munster
Arranged by Arty McGlynn
Used by kind permission of Emerald Music
Performed by Arty McGlynn
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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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