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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Michael Lynch
... Christine Lynch
... Stevie
... Noel Quigley
... Lisa
... Tony Brady
... Commissioner Daly
... Harrison
... Fr. Grogan
Gary Lydon ... Tom Rooney
... Billy Lynch
... Alec (as Colin Farrel)
... Shay Kirby
... Jerome Higgins
... Peter
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Storyline

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 just loves taking the law into his own hands! See more »

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Comedy | Crime

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, some violence and sexuality | See all certifications »
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Pyramide Films (France)

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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 (United Kingdom), 19 March 2000, Limited Release
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Colin Farrell and Vincent Regan later acted together in Alexander (2004). See more »

Goofs

This movie was set around 1991-3. However, visible in a number of places are both Fiat Punto cars and CitySwift buses. These were not introduced until 1994 and 1995 respectively. In the bank raid scene, the notes which are stolen are Series III Irish banknotes. These notes were not fully introduced until 1996, and the £20 notes shown in the raid were not even partially introduced at the time the movie was set See more »

Quotes

Christine Lynch: [to Michael] You know what you are? Wouldn't be everybody's cup of tea, but it suits me.
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Connections

References Riverdance: The Show (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

Carolan's Draught
Traditional
Arranged by Arty McGlynn
Used by kind permission of Emerald Music
Performed by Arty McGlynn
Courtesy of Emerald Records
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Lightweight escapist fun
12 September 2000 | by See all my reviews

This is a charming, rollicking yarn, full of mischievous criminal acts perpetrated by Spacey and his cronies. It's light, frothy, and doesn't develop much suspense or real drama, and ultimately is a pointless exercise in movie making.

Spacey is OK, Linda Fiorentino is wooden (perhaps concentrating too much on trying to master the lyrical cadences of the Irish accent - she fails!). Helen Baxendale is simperingly gorgeous as usual, but she too fails to get as close to the accent as Spacey. The supporting cast of British and Irish actors are wonderful, and there are some delightful cameos.

Sadly, Patrick Malahide is wasted, his character being painted with a broad and parodied brush.

Boorman's "The General" covered the same subject matter much more expertly, but without the benefit of a Hollywood "A-list" actor to kick it along.

I'm still wondering what possessed Kevin Spacey, who is a fine actor, to get involved in this movie.


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