The General (1998)
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as Martin Cahill
as Noel Curley
as Frances Cahil
as Ned Kenny
as Wille Byrne
as Martin as a Child
as James Donovan
as Arcade Woman
as Arthur Ryan
as Henry Mackie
as Desk Guard
as IRA Leader
as Mrs. Duggan
as Young Frances
as UVF Leader
as CPAD Leader
as Young Hood No. 1
as Revenue Man
as Revenue Man
as TV Newsreader
as Young Detective
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Critic Reviews for The General
I can no longer stomach the premise in so many Anglo-American crime pictures that mavericks are admirable simply because they're mavericks
A movie that says more about the rebellious Irish psyche than a heap of overtly political pictures.
All the performances are impressive, but Gleeson and Voight are especially memorable, lending an almost tragic air of inexorability to Cahill and Kenny's cat-and-mouse games.
The General is a refined, traditional movie about a character who is never more traditional than when he imagines himself outside the law. It's a great paradox, but it barely comes alive on the screen.
Before he was Mad Eye Moody, before he took Colin Farrell to the woodshed "In Bruges," before "The Guard," the great Irish actor Brendan Gleeson was the infamous Irish crook known as "The General."
The General is a welcome return to basics for Britain's most adventurous and visionary director, who has always stayed faithful to his love of cinema.
Audience Reviews for The General
John Boorman is an underrated director.
Tell me the creators of The Sopranos didn't screen this.
It's not perfect, in fact some of it is pretty tired - but it's got enough interesting stuff and Brendan Gleeson's portrayal of the Dublin crime cheiftan is powerful and exciting.
I thought the movie is about some military general. And quite a brave one for that matter, when the beginning describes him as a legend. Apparently, I was amazed when it turned out about some legendary Irish criminal who pulled out heists outwitting the legal authorities. While ruthless and mean to the rest of the world, Martin Cahill cared enough for his family. He even extended his generosity to his sister-in-law. The way he embarrassed the police authorities was a stroke of brilliance. Jon Voight, playing Ned Kelly, does fair enough as an Inspector who is now and again left in an embarrassing position by Martin as he seems to get a kick out of it. Brendan Gleeson portrays Cahill outstandingly. He's simply par excellence. However, his covering the face with one hand constantly caused me a bit of irritation initially. But after a while, I got used to it. How's one to know (if need be, let it be known that there are always exceptions) that the legendary Martin too used to do so for real. Quite an intriguing & worthwhile stuff, and that too based on real events. Sufficient & efficient enough for me. Might not have been so appealing with the foreknowledge about this incredible scumbag, infamously known as The General.
A criative screenplay and terrific direction, just like the acting, The General is a great motion picture. Fresh.
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