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The General (1998)

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The real-life story of Dublin folk hero and criminal Martin Cahill, who pulled off two daring robberies in Ireland with his team, but attracted unwanted attention from the police, the IRA, the UVF and members of his own team.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Martin Cahill
... Noel Curley
... Gary
... Frances
... Tina
... Inspector Ned Kenny
Eanna MacLiam ... Jimmy
Tom Murphy ... Willie Byrne
... Anthony
Tommy O'Neill ... Paddy
John O'Toole ... Shea
... Tommy
... Gay
Vinny Murphy ... Harry (as Vinnie Murphy)
Roxanna Nic Liam ... Orla (as Roxanna Williams)
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The real-life story of Dublin folk hero and criminal Martin Cahill, who pulled off two daring robberies in Ireland with his team, but attracted unwanted attention from the police, the IRA, the UVF and members of his own team.

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The extraordinary true story of the rise and fall of the gangster, Martin Cahill. See more »


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Rated R for violence and pervasive language | See all certifications »
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18 December 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

I Once Had a Life  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£286,365 (United Kingdom), 31 May 1998, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$26,771, 20 December 1998, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,211,865, 23 May 1999
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Trivia

When the film was shown theaters, it was in black and white but when it aired on American cable television networks, it was shown in color. See more »

Goofs

After the robbery of the Thomas O'Connor and Sons jewelry manufacturing plant, which occurred in 1983, the van that pulled into the garage with the stolen goods had a license plate with the number 93 D 25920. Under the Irish vehicle licensing system, the 93 at the beginning of the license plate number identifies the model year of the vehicle. There would not have been such a plate number in 1983. See more »

Quotes

Martin Cahill: We never should have bought this house. You never own things. You never own things. The things own you.
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References Deliverance (1972) See more »

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Gangster Movie in Classic Tradtion
15 December 1998 | by See all my reviews

If you're watching one of the Classic Warner Brothers Gangster movies on tv and someone asserts that "They don't make 'em like that anymore", here's a movie to prove them wrong. As real-life Dublin gangster Martin Cahill Irish actor Brendan Gleeson provides a criminal hero to compare with those played by Edward G. Robinson and Jimmy Cagney. Brutal and Compassionate by turns, Gleeson's Cahill eschews links to anything outside himself and his home and circle of acquaintances. Hating the state, he turns Ireland's liberal justice system upon itself; hating the media, he blocks his face from TV cameras. Ultimately, it's this status as an existential outsider that brigs about his tragic downfall, but along the way there are moments of incredible comedy as the Gardai, or Irish Police are made to look like bumbling Keysone cops. The monochrome cinematograhy gives an excellent verite effect and the supporting cast with Jon Voight and a host of Irish stalwarts, are superb.


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