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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 just loves taking the law into his own hands! 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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Runtime:

| (TV)

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Kevin Spacey hosted a Q&A at the Irish Film Institute in Dublin, while he was filming " Ordinary Decent Criminal ". He was interviewed by the late Irish Times film critic Michael Dwyer, and regaled the delighted audience with stories and spot on impersonations of Brando, Pacino, O'Toole and Jack Lemmon amongst others. There was however a palpable hush in the room when he finally unveiled the accent he was utilising for the movie, as it seemed very " Stage Irish ". See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 8 mins) A driver opens his car door to have it torn off by a truck coming from behind him. Then the door is flying down the road, but the truck that hit it is nowhere to be seen. See more »

Quotes

Michael Lynch: [to his gang] The trick is they'll never beat you if you stick together and stay loyal.
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Connections

Version of The General (1998) See more »

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Mother of Pearl
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Lightweight escapist fun
12 September 2000 | by springsoftSee 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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