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Ordinary Decent Criminal (2000)

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
Gary Lydon ...
Tom Rooney
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Billy Lynch
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Alec (as Colin Farrel)
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Shay Kirby
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Jerome Higgins
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Peter
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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

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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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£80,444 (UK) (17 March 2000)
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Colin Farrell and Vincent Regan later acted together in Alexander (2004). 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

Alec: [to hostages, flaunting his automatic weapon] Say hello to my little friend!
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Spoofs Scarface (1983) See more »

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Just When I Needed You Most
Words and Music by Randy Vanwarmer
Courtesy of Terraforma Music / Fourth Floor Music
Used by kind permission of Warner Chappell Music
Performed by Michael Lynch and Family
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Not as funny as it tries to be
12 April 2005 | by (Finland) – See all my reviews

Who doesn't like witty, lovable criminals, who out wit every copper and other rival criminals in a heartbeat? That's a crime movie genre, which actually appeals to me: smart dialogs, funny action and so on.

So, in "Ordinary Decent Criminal" we have one of the greatest living actors, Kevin Spacey, who is playing Irish mobster named Michael Lynch, and he's just such a fellow I described. There's also Colin Farrell in a small role as one of the thugs in Michael's gang. Actually rather good acting all around from all of the actors and that's the only reason this movie stays afloat, because the script is not that funny as it tries to be.

Sure, it has couple of good laughs in it, but most of the jokes feel little forced.

Direction is pretty decent, not worst thing ever directed, but certainly not the greatest crime movie either.

Good for couple of laughs.


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