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
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 »
The priest (having found Caravaggio) talks about Holy Veronica in the Gospel of Luke. See more »
[to hostages, flaunting his automatic weapon]
Say hello to my little friend!
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Ordinary decent Criminal is an above average irish cops v robbers story about a charming criminal played by Kevin spacey who masterminds robbery's and who is always one step ahead of the Police. I'm not sure why Kevin Spacey took the lead role in this film, it is certainly no Usual Suspects but it does have the slight feel of it. You cant help but like Spacey's character, he is an Irishman who dislikes the church and the IRA and that is a breath of fresh air for feature film made in the republic. While this film is very watchable you cant help feel it is a little like a feature length version of an episode of Minder. 7 out of 10
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