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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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Tony Brady
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Commissioner Daly
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Tom Rooney
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Billy Lynch
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Alec (as Colin Farrel)
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Shay Kirby
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Jerome Higgins
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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

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Rated R for language, some violence and sexuality | See all certifications »
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7 January 2000 (Ireland)  »

Also Known As:

Ein ganz gewöhnlicher Dieb  »

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

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The priest (having found Caravaggio) talks about Holy Veronica in the Gospel of Luke. See more »

Quotes

Noel Quigley: [after shooting up the Caravaggio painting to get the criminals] Fuck art!
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References Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) See more »

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Word & Music by Amanda MacKinnon / Steve Clark / John Clark
Used by kind permission of Universal Music Publishing Ltd.
Performed by Bis
Courtesy of Wiiija Records
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Not as funny as it tries to be
12 April 2005 | by See all my reviews

Who doesn't like witty, lovable criminals, who out wit every copper and other rival criminals in a heartbeat? That's a crime movie genre, which actually appeals to me: smart dialogs, funny action and so on.

So, in "Ordinary Decent Criminal" we have one of the greatest living actors, Kevin Spacey, who is playing Irish mobster named Michael Lynch, and he's just such a fellow I described. There's also Colin Farrell in a small role as one of the thugs in Michael's gang. Actually rather good acting all around from all of the actors and that's the only reason this movie stays afloat, because the script is not that funny as it tries to be.

Sure, it has couple of good laughs in it, but most of the jokes feel little forced.

Direction is pretty decent, not worst thing ever directed, but certainly not the greatest crime movie either.

Good for couple of laughs.


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