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THE GENERAL

Directed by : John BOORMAN

     Country : IRELAND

Length : 125 minutes

Award for Best Director, 1998

Synopsis

Martin Cahill grew up in Hollyfield, Dublin, where crime was the main occupation. Throughout his adult life, Martin Cahill derived satisfaction from making fools out of the police, the church, the establishment and devised a series of elaborate pranks to embarrass them. He organised a number of daring and carefully planned robberies, gaining the title, "The General".
He over-reached himself when he and his gang stole paintings from Russborough House, which included the only Vermeer in private ownership. With public and political pressure mounting, the police mounted a surveillance operation involving 90 police headed by Ned Kenny, a man who admired Cahill but was determined to break him.

Credits

John BOORMAN - Script / Dialogue

John BOORMAN - Director

Seamus DEASY - Cinematography

Richie BUCKLEY - Music

Ron DAVIS - Film Editor

Derek WALLACE - Set decorator

Casting

Adrian DUNBAR - Noel Curley

Jon VOIGHT - Ned Kenny

Brendan GLEESON - Martin Cahill

Angeline BALL - Tina

Sean MCGINLEY - Gary

Maria DOYLE KENNEDY - Frances Cahill

Photos

Film Poster © DR

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Production

THE IRISH FILM BOARD / HIT AND RUN PRODUCTIONS - IRELAND

In Competition – Feature Films 1998

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