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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:
Kevin Spacey ... Michael Lynch
Linda Fiorentino ... Christine Lynch
Peter Mullan ... Stevie
Stephen Dillane ... Noel Quigley
Helen Baxendale ... Lisa
David Hayman ... Tony Brady
Patrick Malahide ... Commissioner Daly
Gerard McSorley ... Harrison
David Kelly ... Fr. Grogan
Gary Lydon Gary Lydon ... Tom Rooney
Paul Ronan ... Billy Lynch
Colin Farrell ... Alec (as Colin Farrel)
Vincent Regan ... Shay Kirby
Tim Loane ... Jerome Higgins
Christoph Waltz ... 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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Taglines:

Michael, he was a terrible gangster, his friends... are just ordinary See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, some violence and sexuality | See all certifications »
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Details

Official Sites:

Pyramide Films (France)

Country:

Ireland | Germany | UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 January 2000 (Ireland) See more »

Also Known As:

Ein ganz gewöhnlicher Dieb See more »

Filming Locations:

Wicklow Mountains, Ireland See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£80,444 (United Kingdom), 19 March 2000, Limited Release
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TV)

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The story that Father Grogan tells Michael and Christine about finding Caravaggio's "The Taking of Christ" is true. The painting was found by accident when it was sent for cleaning. It can now be see in the National Gallery of Ireland as stated. See more »

Goofs

Michael Lynch rides on a motorbike to the social security office he is about to rob. He leans the bike on to the side stand and gets off, but in the next shot the bike is parked upright on its center stand. See more »

Quotes

Alec: [to hostages, flaunting his automatic weapon] Say hello to my little friend!
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Connections

Referenced in Veronica Guerin (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Gopher Mambo
Words & Music by Billy May / Conrad Gozzo
Used by kind permission of Universal Music Publishing Ltd.
Performed by Yma Sumac
Courtesy of EMI Records Ltd.
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Very Poor!
6 November 2000 | by glenn-82See all my reviews

Well,

First of all, as many reviewers have pointed out - this is a rip off of the Martin Cahill story - first represented by the BBC and by the John Boorman film "The General" - which is a great film and far, far superior to this one.

Speaking as a native British person, the supporting cast to Kevin Spacey was really good in terms of British and Irish acting talent, especially Peter Mullan - but it was totally wasted. The characters were c**p! And as for Kevin Spacey - didn't come across as a loveable rogue but as nothing really substantial or significant.

Not a lot to redeem this film. The best bits are the gags and tricks nicked from the other films it rips off. Compare notes on this film and "The General" - I'd be interested to see what others think.


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