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Ordinary Decent Criminal
Ordinary Decent Criminal
Actors: Kevin Spacey, Linda Fiorentino, Peter Mullan, Stephen Dillane, Helen Baxendale
Director: Thaddeus O'Sullivan
Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Drama
R     2003     1hr 33min

Academy Award(R)-winner Kevin Spacey (Best Actor, 1999, AMERICAN BEAUTY) leads an all-star cast in this fast, fun, and suspenseful story of a clever crime boss and the lost art of the heist! Michael Lynch (Spacey) is Dubli...  more »

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Actors: Kevin Spacey, Linda Fiorentino, Peter Mullan, Stephen Dillane, Helen Baxendale
Director: Thaddeus O'Sullivan
Creators: Christine Ruppert, James Mitchell, Jonathan Cavendish, Margaret Moggan, Martha O'Neill, Paul Tucker, Gerard Stembridge
Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Drama
Sub-Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Crime & Criminals
Studio: Miramax Home Entertainment
Format: DVD - Color,Anamorphic - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 01/21/2003
Original Release Date: 01/01/2000
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2000
Release Year: 2003
Run Time: 1hr 33min
Screens: Color,Anamorphic
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 1
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English

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Member Movie Reviews

MaryAnn W. from SAINT LOUIS, MO
Reviewed on 4/12/2014...
First of all, I love anything that Kevin Spacey is in and this movie is no exception. What a wonderful movie about a family man who just so happened to be a criminal. I loved it!
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Nina E.
Reviewed on 8/7/2013...
Great to see Kevin Spacey is a UK film, set in IRELAND...Great Cast!!! -

Kevin Spacey
Linda Fiorentino
Peter Mullan
Stephen Dillane
Helen Baxendale
David Hayman
Patrick Malahide
Colin Farrell
Christoph Waltz
Vincent Regan

Brilliant, flamboyant master criminal Michael Lynch is more interested in his image and his posterity than the actual profit from his ill-gotten gains. The film is loosely based on the story of Martin Cahill, a famous Irish crime boss. Michael Lynch is one of Dublin's most notorious criminals. He has two wives, Christine and Lisa (they are also sisters), as well as many children. When he is not spending time with his family, he is plotting heists with his gang. His actions make him an iconic figure, and he has a rapport with the general public despite being a criminal.

During his elaborate heists, he concentrates on the showmanship as much as the crime itself. He pulls off a daring art theft, stealing several priceless paintings from Dublin's best art gallery, giving the authorities the slip. The Gardaí become more determined to catch him as time goes on, in particular Noel Quigley, an officer whose ambition to catch Lynch becomes an obsession. His actions also gain the ire of the IRA.

Lynch finds himself in trouble when he is unable to sell a stolen Caravaggio painting, giving Quigley the opportunity he was waiting for to try and catch him. Lynch is forced to go on the run, with his popularity with the public at stake.
Adam C. (i12bnmovie) from SAINT LOUIS, MO
Reviewed on 7/13/2009...
Well, I was not aware that this was an Irish film. That threw me from the start. Then I got into it. I understand that when this was released on DVD Colin Farrell was an up and coming star, but to put him on the cover is like putting the key grip on it. He was barely in the movie. As far as the adventure and heist aspects of the show, it was, as the title suggests, decent. Nothing new or original, but nothing to hate either. Worth the watch once, then re-list it for the next person to enjoy. That is exaclty what I did.
2 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.

Movie Reviews

Just a head's up . . .
Lottie | New England USA | 02/19/2003
(3 out of 5 stars)

". . .more than a review. This is a good movie. To me, Kevin Spacey opens a film. His performances make even a mediocre film worth watching (and owning on DVD). The story is good, and not everything can be another "Se7en" or "American Beauty." Nevertheless, if you are a Spacey fan, check it out. But my real reason for posting a review was to give the head's up to any Colin Farrell fans out there . . . he's been getting a following lately, and the DVD tries to jump on that by putting him on its cover. If that entices you to pick it up as you are fresh from seeing his stellar performance in "The Recruit" or want more of his hometown accent that was offered as Bullseye, you will be sorely displeased. Mr. Farrell has no more than 5 lines in the film."
Likeable crime caper | BOLTON, LANCASHIRE, ENGLAND | 12/18/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Ordinary Decent Criminal was loosley adapted from John Boormans critically acclaimed, The General which told the story of real-life Irish criminal Martin Cahill. In a perfect piece of casting, Kevin Spacey plays Cahill (though is renamed Michael Lynch in the movie), a cocky but likeable Dublin gangster who spent his days robbing the rich, annoying the police and falling foul of the IRA. Spacey puts in a power-packed, beleavable performance though he plays the role as a loveable rogue in contrast to the real Martin Cahill. His Irish accent is a little dodgy at times but makes up for it with his performance. The film is well structured featuring moments of comedy, undertones of gritty realism and plenty of impressive action scenes that makes this well worth a look. Given Spacy amicable support is British T.V actress Helen Baxendale as Lisa in a small but effective role. Recommended."
Enjoyable Kevin Spacey Vehicle
Ian Phillips | Bolton, Lancashire, UK | 05/15/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Ordinary Decent Criminal (shot in the U.K., Germany and Ireland) was a fairly loose and thinly veiled adaptation of the John Boormans critically acclaimed book, The General.

The General, told the story of real-life Irish criminal, Martin Cahill, who spent most of his days robbing the rich (with his philosphy being "they can afford it so why shouldn't I), laughably antagonising the police and on several occasions, falling foul of the IRA.

In a perfect piece of casting, Kevin Spacy takes on the role of the initial Cahill characterization and is re-named Michael Lynch in the film.

Kevin Spacy puts in a solid, power-packed, beleavable performance. He approaches his role in a number of ways and is vastly effective as the cocky but equally likeable Dublin gangster, playing it as though a loveable rogue in contrast to the real Cahill. His Irish accent is a little dodgy at times but apart from that minor flaw, Spacy excels in the role.

Directed by Thaddeus O' Sullivan with the screenplay having been written by Gerald Sternbridge, Ordinary Decent Criminal was considerably well-structured despite the lack of true detail to which the main character was based. The film follows Michael Lynch's many crime sprees (do not want to give too much away there) and makes for highly entertaining viewing. If anything the film seemed more inspired by The General, rather than structuring it around the ethos of Boormans book. Still the film vastly works despite that initial shortcoming.

Linda Florentino takes the role of Michael Lynch's wife, Christine. His loyal almost fierce devotion to his family is made crystal clear from the early sequences in the film.

British T.V star, Helen Baxendale (a one-time star on the fantastic U.S sitcom Friends and and one of the principal leads in the smash-hit U.K comedy-drama series, Colf Feet) turns up as as Lisa (who surprisingly delivers a beleavable Irish accent) and bubbles in the background as Lisa. where as Peter Mullan as Steve and Stephen Dillane as Noel Quigley get their chance to shine, biting into their parts with a vengeance and making the most of every scene they're in.

Ordinary Decent Criminal (1999) hosts many moments of generally amusing comedy (such as when Spacy hilariously falshes his naked rear end to some irritatingly condesending policemen) whilst there are a host of impressive action scenes, particulary the exciting climax of the film.

Kevin Spacy and the rest of the cast liven this film up no end and Thaddeus O' Sullivans direction is tight and sharp, matching the fast, overly witty and earthy dialogue.