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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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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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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

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 »

Goofs

At the same time Lynch arrives at the dole office, a gray Austin Metro parks with the rear right wheel on the white line. When Tony gets out, the same car is parked well across the same white line. Finally when Lynch and his band of men come back to rob the office, the same car is properly parked between the white lines. See more »

Quotes

Noel Quigley: [after shooting up the Caravaggio painting to get the criminals] Fuck art!
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Connections

References Star Wars (1977) See more »

Soundtracks

Superfinger
Words & Music by Magnus Uwe Box / Sarah Matthews / Jason Meherin /
Paul Russell
Used by kind permission of Sony/ATV Music Publishing Ltd & Low Finger Partnership
Performed by Lowfinger
Courtesy of Geffen Records/Polydor UK Ltd.
Licensed by kind permission of The Film & TV Licensing Division, part of the Universal Music Company
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Lock Stock and Two Caravaggios
4 September 2001 | by KellyPSee all my reviews

I stumbled across this movie and watched it without preconceptions or expectations. Unlike many of your reviewers I enjoyed it hugely. But then, I haven't seen "The General". So whether comparison with that film is fair or not, I couldn't say.

But what none of your reviewers have pointed to is its structural resemblance to "Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels". ODC is not as original as that wonderful film, but imitation is the sincerest form of flattery and it doesn't do a bad job in terms of wit or entertainment.

Spacey's casting is a bit bizarre, but works because of that and his geniality lifts the movie. Only Patrick Malahide takes character truly into the realms of caricature.

Overall ODC is an engaging and enjoyable romp of a film with some nice twists and plenty to enjoy in an undemanding sort of way.


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