DirectorJohn Boorman Music directorRichie Buckley Duration LanguageEnglish
Release dateDecember 18, 1998 Based onThe General
by Paul Williams WriterJohn Boorman, Paul Williams (novel) Initial releaseMay 29, 1998 (United Kingdom) CastBrendan Gleeson (Martin Cahill), Adrian Dunbar (Noel Curley), Sean McGinley (Gary), Maria Doyle Kennedy (Frances), Angeline Ball (Tina), Jon Voight (Inspector Ned Kenny) Similar moviesMad Max: Fury Road, Ant-Man, John Wick, Blackhat, Taken 3, Goodfellas
TaglineThe extraordinary true story of the rise and fall of the gangster, Martin Cahill.
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The General is a British-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.
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After selling stolen paintings to the UVF Cahill realizes he has made a dangerous mistake. When the PIRA hear of this, they order his assassination, which is carried out on 18 August 1994.
Brendan Gleeson as Martin Cahill
Adrian Dunbar as Noel Curley
Sean McGinley as Gary
Maria Doyle Kennedy as Frances
Angeline Ball as Tina
Jon Voight as Inspector Ned Kenny
Eanna MacLiam as Jimmy
Tom Murphy as Willie Byrne
Paul Hickey as Anthony
Tommy O'Neill as Paddy
John O'Toole as Shea
Ciarán Fitzgerald as Tommy
Ned Dennehy as Gay
Vinny Murphy as Harry (as Vinnie Murphy)
Roxanna Williams as Orla
The film is based on the book of the same name by Irish journalist Paul Williams, who is "Special Correspondent" for Ireland's best-selling newspaper, the Irish Independent.
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.
The General was nominated for and won several awards, including Best Director at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival and the Grand Prix of the Belgian Syndicate of Cinema Critics.
The film holds an approval rating of 81% based on 48 reviews on Rotten Tomatoes.