The General (1998 film)
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Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||John Boorman|
|Produced by||John Boorman|
|Written by||John Boorman|
|Based on||The General
by Paul Williams
Maria Doyle Kennedy
|Music by||Richie Buckley|
|Distributed by||Sony Pictures Classics|
|Release date(s)||December 18, 1998|
|Running time||124 minutes|
The General is an Irish crime film directed by John Boorman about Dublin crime boss Martin Cahill, who pulled off several daring heists in the early 1980s, and attracted the attention of the Garda Síochána, IRA, and Ulster Volunteer Force. The film was shot in 1997 and released in 1998. Brendan Gleeson plays Cahill, Adrian Dunbar plays his friend Noel Curley, and Jon Voight plays Inspector Ned Kenny.
- Brendan Gleeson - Martin Cahill
- Adrian Dunbar - Noel Curley
- Sean McGinley - Gary
- Maria Doyle Kennedy - Frances
- Angeline Ball - Tina
- Jon Voight - Inspector Ned Kenny
- Eanna MacLiam - Jimmy
- Tom Murphy - Willie Byrne
- Paul Hickey - Anthony
- Tommy O'Neill - Paddy
- John O'Toole - Shea
- Ciarán Fitzgerald - Tommy
- Ned Dennehy - Gay
- Vinny Murphy - Harry (as Vinnie Murphy)
- Roxanna Williams - Orla
Director Boorman was himself one of Cahill's burglary victims. This event is dramatized in a scene in which Cahill breaks into a home, stealing a gold record and pilfering a watch from the wrist of a sleeping woman. The gold record, which Cahill later breaks in disgust after discovering it is not made of gold, was awarded for the score of Deliverance, Boorman's best-known film.
Filming was at various locations around Dublin, including South Lotts and Ranelagh.
Critical reaction to the movie was positive and the movie holds a Tomatometer rating of 81% based on 48 reviews on Rotten Tomatoes
- "Festival de Cannes: The General". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 2009-10-02.