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Ordinary decent criminals

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Movie propaganda

Crime doesn't pay... but it can be a lot of fun

Dublin. An enigmatic, leather-clad figure weaves its way through traffic on a powerful motorbike. This is Michael Lynch (Kevin Spacey): family man, liar, criminal mastermind and our hero.

Ordinary decent criminals is a classic gangster movie set in modern day Dublin. It follows the extraordinary adventures of an ordinary decent criminal - a man who robs from the rich but lives with the poor. He loves his two wives, sisters Christine (Linda Fiorentino) and Lisa (Helen Baxendale), his children, his gang and, above all, his unique way of life.

Persons of interest

  • 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 .... Father Grogan
  • Gary Lydon .... Tom Rooney
  • Paul Ronan .... Billy Lynch
  • Colin Farrell .... Alec
  • Vincent Regan .... Shay Kirby
  • Tim Loane .... Jerome Higgins
  • Gerard Stembridge .... Screenwriter
  • Thaddeus O'Sullivan .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Theatrical report

I saw The General, only this version is in colour and from Hollywood. It's faster, it's flashier and it lacks the soul of The General, supplanting heartfelt truths with criminal chic.

If you've seen The General, you'll be disappointed. If you haven't, you'll think it's an entertaining crim flick.

That's all I have to say.

Security censorship classification

MA 15+ (Medium level violence)

Surveillance time

100 minutes (1:40 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

DVD rental: 20 April 2001
VHS rental: 20 April 2001
VHS retail: 14 August 2001

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