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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 I.R.A., the U.V.F., and members of his own team.

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Martin Cahill
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Noel Curley
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Gary
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Frances
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Tina
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Inspector Ned Kenny
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Jimmy
Tom Murphy ...
Willie Byrne
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Anthony
Tommy O'Neill ...
Paddy
John O'Toole ...
Shea
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Tommy
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Gay
Vinny Murphy ...
Harry (as Vinnie Murphy)
Roxanna Nic Liam ...
Orla (as Roxanna Williams)
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Police Sgt. Patrick Higgins
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Young Martin Cahill
Colleen O'Neill ...
Patricia
Maebh Gorby ...
Sylvie
Frank Melia ...
Lawless
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James Donovan
Lynn Cahill ...
Arcade Woman
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Assassin
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Arthur Ryan
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Henry Mackie (as Don Wicherley)
Kevin Flood ...
Judge
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Desk Guard
Barry McGovern ...
IRA Man 1
Patrick Condren ...
IRA Man 2 (as Patrick Condron)
Darren Miley ...
Young Anthony
Mark Quigley ...
Young Paddy
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Garda 1
Kieran Hurley ...
Garda 2
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Guide
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Mrs. Cahill
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1962 Priest (as Donnacha Crowley)
Aoife Moriarty ...
Young Frances
Clive Geraghty ...
Commissioner
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Maeve
John Cronin ...
Aiden
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Beavis, Fence
Des Cave ...
HC Chairman
Brendan Conroy ...
Corporation Official
Brian McGrath ...
Doctor
Alan Barry ...
Judge 2
Pat Leavy ...
Mrs. Duggan
Niamh Lineham ...
Reporter
Jason Byrne ...
Reporter 2
Owen O'Neill ...
Revenue Man 1
David Carey ...
Revenue Man 2
Ann Doyle ...
TV Newsreader
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UVF Leader
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CPAD Leader
Emma McIvor ...
Woman Worker
Darragh Kelly ...
Young Detective
Andrew Bennett ...
Hollyfield Priest
Anthony Fox ...
Garda 3
Gavin Kelty ...
Young Hood 1
Darren Healy ...
Young Hood 2
Jeff O'Toole ...
Young Hood 3 (as Jeffrey O'Toole)
Mark Dunne ...
Young Hood 4
Gerard Kearney ...
Young Hood 5 (as Ger Kearny)
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Security Guard
Jim Reid ...
Mr. Crenshaw
Liz Schwartz ...
Nanny
Ami Hedges ...
Baby
Karl Deegan ...
Garda 4
Mick O'Brien ...
Garda 5
Des O'Malley ...
Self
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Police Officer with Dog (as Anthony Furlong)
Stewart Stafford ...
Football Supporter (uncredited)

Directed by

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John Boorman

Written by

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John Boorman ... (written by)
 
Paul Williams ... (from the book by)

Produced by

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John Boorman ... producer
Kieran Corrigan ... executive producer
Betsy Davis ... co-executive producer
James Flynn ... executive producer: for Irish Film Board
P.J. Pettiette ... co-executive producer (as P.J. Pettitte)

Music by

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Richie Buckley ... (original score by)

Cinematography by

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Seamus Deasy ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Ron Davis

Editorial Department

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Simon Davis ... assistant editor
James Finlan ... avid assistant
Bob Robinson ... assistant editor
Jason Wheeler ... negative cutter

Casting By

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Jina Jay

Production Design by

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Derek Wallace

Art Direction by

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Jim Furlong

Costume Design by

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Maeve Paterson

Makeup Department

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Orla Carrol ... head hair dresser (as Orla Carroll)
Lynn Johnston ... assistant makeup artist
Conor McAlistair ... assistant hairdresser
Maire O'Sullivan ... head makeup artist

Production Management

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Jo Homewood ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Kevan Barker ... first assistant director
Paul Barnes ... second assistant director
Lisa Kelly ... trainee assistant director
Daragh Keogh ... trainee assistant director
Paddy McCarney ... third assistant director

Art Department

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Gill Andrae-Reid ... artist
Olivia Barratier ... original poster designer
Audrey Corr ... assistant art director
Noel Coughlan ... stand-by painter
Eddie Cunningham ... carpenter (as Edward Cunningham)
Martin Doyle ... trainee props
Alan Dunne ... standby prop chargehand
Sebastien Rice Edwards ... trainee props
Jim Furlong ... draftsman
Paul Hedges ... prop master
Shirley Henderson ... production buyer / set dresser
Jimmy Kavanagh ... drapes
Paul Keogh ... stand-by carpenter
Eoin Lewis ... dressing props
John Neligan ... trainee props (as John Nelligan)
Tony Nicholson ... chargehand dressing props (as Tony Nicholson Jr.)
Ed Norton ... carpenter (as Edward Norton)
Anthony Nugent ... trainee props
Irene O'Brien ... assistant art director
Willy O'Brien ... standby rigger
Gary O'Donnell ... painter
Jimmy O'Meara ... stand-by stagehand
John Purdy ... stagehand
Brendan Rankin ... additional drafting
Jill Andrea Reid ... paintings by
Gerard Richardson ... master painter
Philip Richardson ... trainee props storeman
Dave Wallace ... stand-by prop
Anthony Walsh ... stagehand
Dave Whelan ... construction supervisor

Sound Department

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Pat Brennan ... assistant dubbing editor
Alan Collins ... sound facility engineer: ardmore sound
Ed Colyer ... foley mixer (as Edward Colyer)
Michelle Cunniffe ... sound re-recordist
Brendan Deasy ... sound recordist
John Fitzgerald ... re-recording mixer
Paddy Gibbons ... dubbing editor
Joe Gilmore ... dubbing editor
Pauline Griffiths ... foley artist
Pat Hayes ... ADR sound recordist
Jenny Lee Wright ... foley artist
Anthony Litton ... assistant sound editor
Teddy Mason ... foley editor (as Ted Mason)
Alan Nevin ... sound trainee
Julian Pinn ... sound consultant: Dolby
Eddie Quinn ... boom operator
Doug E. Turner ... re-recording mixer (as Douglas E. Turner)

Special Effects by

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Brendan Byrne ... special effects supervisor
John McKenna ... armourer

Visual Effects by

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Craig Chandler ... digital effects: creative
Pauline Hume ... titles designer

Stunts

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Simon ''Hooper''Kelly ... utility stunts (as Simon P.J. Kelly)
Brendan Condren ... stunts
Joe Condren ... stunts
Tony Condren ... stunt driver / stunt performer (as Anthony Condren)
Dominick Hewitt ... stunt consultant (as Dominic Hewitt)
Eamon A. Kelly ... stunts
Donal O'Farrell ... stunts
John Sheridan ... stunts
Philippe Zone ... stunts

Camera and Electrical Department

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John Carr ... practical electrician
Fionn Comerford ... camera trainee
Seamus Corcoran ... additional camera operator
Sean Creagh Jr. ... electrician
Noel Cullen ... gaffer
Cedric Culliton ... video camera operator (as Cedrick Culliton)
Fiona Deasy ... camera trainee
Seamus Deasy ... camera operator
Shane Deasy ... focus puller
Kieran Dempsey ... best boy
Billy Doyle ... electrician
Richie Egan ... trainee grip (as Richard Egan)
Graeme Haughton ... electrician
Paul Mangan ... practical electrician
John Murphy ... key grip
Patrick Redmond ... stills photographer (as Pat Redmond)
Kevin Scott ... genny operator
Roger Tooley ... steadicam operator
Alf Tramontin ... steadicam operator
Simon Walsh ... clapper loader

Casting Department

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Shaheen Baig ... casting assistant
Chloe Emmerson ... assistant casting director

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Margaret Crosse ... wardrobe mistress
Kelvin Feany ... wardrobe trainee
Sandra Hunt ... wardrobe trainee
Susan O'Connor Cave ... wardrobe assistant
Fiona Whelan ... wardrobe assistant

Location Management

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Dermot Cleary ... location assistant
Mairtín de Barra ... location trainee
Joe Murdiff ... location assistant
Clodagh Tierney ... assistant location manager
Mickey Walsh ... location manager (as Mick Walsh)
Robert Wilkinson ... location scout

Music Department

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Dick Buckley ... baritone saxophone / solo: saxophone (as Richie Buckley)
Brian Connor ... piano and keyboards
Mike De Saulles ... violinist
Pat Fitzpatrick ... piano and keyboards
Philip King ... harmonica / music producer
Mick Kinsilla ... harmonica (as Mick Kinsella)
Brian Masterson ... music supervisor / recording engineer
Paul McAteer ... drums
Richard McCullough ... assistant music engineer
Artie McGlynn ... guitars (as Arty McGlynn)
Van Morrison ... harmonica: / vocals
Robbie Overson ... guitars
Sarah Power ... music coordinator
Bernard Reilly ... percussion

Script and Continuity Department

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Laerke Sigfred Pedersen ... script supervisor

Transportation Department

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Stephen Carroll ... action vehicles
Tony Cullen ... transport captain
Denis Minogue ... action vehicles
Shane Munnelly ... prop driver

Additional Crew

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Charlie Boorman ... production services: Merlin Films Group
Sandra Campbell ... financial services: Merlin Films Group
Orla Collins ... accounts trainee
Con Cremins ... production accountant
Olive Drynan ... unit nurse
Gunther Falkenthal ... financial services: Merlin Films Group
Sonya Gildea ... assistant: to John Boorman (as Sonya Supple)
Charlie Hamilton ... utility stand-in
Helena Hasson ... production trainee
Gordon Judge ... legal services: Merlin Films Group
Tanya Kerry Keane ... financial services: Merlin Films Group
Christine Kennedy ... financial services: Merlin Films Group
Carol Moorhead ... production coordinator
Poll Moussoulides ... dialect coach
Tim O'Donoghue ... financial services: Merlin Films Group
John O'Sullivan ... helicopter pilot
Sarah Purcell ... utility stand-in
Edmund Sampson ... utility stand-in
Rachel Smith ... production secretary
Siobhan Sweeney ... accounts assistant
Christine Thornton ... production trainee

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

In a town called Gravesend in south east England mischief lurks round every corner, a Gang from Riverview plot a cunning plan to otherthrow the village priest in Chalk. Dan wakefield and his men are in for more than they bargained for when it turns out the priest knows karate.

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Taglines The extraordinary true story of the rise and fall of the gangster, Martin Cahill. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Le général (France)
  • Der General (Germany)
  • Der Meisterdieb von Dublin (Germany)
  • El general (Spain)
  • El general (Argentina)
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Runtime
  • 124 min
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Box Office

Opening Weekend United Kingdom GBP286,365, 31 May 1998

Did You Know?

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Trivia The house of writer and director John Boorman was robbed by the real-life Martin Cahill. Among other things, he stole a gold record that Boorman had on the wall, which inspired Boorman to include that scene in the movie. See more »
Goofs Set in 1984, the background of the anti-drug march features a car with a license plate beginning with "96," indicating 1996. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Star Trek: Insurrection/Jack Frost/Shakespeare in Love/Psycho/The General (1998). See more »
Quotes Garda: Hey Cahill! Which sister did you screw last night? Both?
Martin Cahill: Yours.
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