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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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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
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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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£80,444 (UK) (17 March 2000)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


As Michael is running out of the museum, stealing the painting of Judas kissing Jesus, the exhibition sign he passes reads "The Taking of Christ". See more »


Michael Lynch rides on a motorbike to the social security office he is about to rob. We see him lean the bike on to the side stand and get off, but in the next shot the bike is parked upright on its centre stand. See more »


Michael Lynch: His story's so stupid it's probably true.
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Version of The General (1998) See more »


Bluer Than The Blues
Words and Music by Ray Davies
Used by kind permission of JW Media Music Ltd.
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Loses in comparison with "The General"
21 January 2003 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

The German regional-broadcast-station WDR has shown both "The General" and ODC. On Saturday I've seen "The General" and I thought, it wasn't very bad, but not very good too. But yesterday I've seen ODC and I switched it off after about an hour. Although Kevin Spacey was the main actor the movie was totally confusing and seems restless. "The General" told the story straight and ordered, but ODC just wanted to be cool. There is a reference on the Guy Ritchie Movies "Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels" and "Snatch", but doesn't have the Coolness of these movies.

So, in the end I would rate it 3 of 10!

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