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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TV)

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Kevin Spacey would later recommend Colin Farrell to director Joel Schumacher, with whom he had made " A Time to Kill". Schumacher would give Farrell his first Hollywood break in the critically acclaimed " Tigerland". See more »

Goofs

The post-prod dubbing/synching of Linda Fiorentino's voice is obvious and badly orchestrated. Her voice is soft and closely mic'd and there appears to be no atmospheric interference, dulling or mixing. See more »

Quotes

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

Version of The General (1998) See more »

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Been Caught Stealing
Words & Music by Eric Avery / Perry Farrell / Dave Navarro (as David Navarro) / Stephen Perkins
Used by kind permission of EMI/Virgin Music Ltd.
Performed by Jane's Addiction
Courtesy of Warner Music (UK) Ltd.
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Ordinary Decent Show
1 November 2004 | by mickeydoyleSee all my reviews

The film itself is a bit of a laugh. The part where Stevie laments over his poverty stricken child hood is hilarious. Fair enough the foreign actors such as Spacey's and Baxendale's accent are useless but sure at the end of the day its no big deal. The Gardai Siochanna are also a wild laugh with them following Spacey about through Dublin giving him plenty of stick. This film can't be taken seriously and was never intended to be. If you wanted the true story about Michael Cahill, go and watch 'the General' if you want to see a crowd of cowboys rampaging through Dublin making a mockery of the Gardai Siochanna then watch this film. All in all a good laugh but not one for 'serious viewers'.


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