Michael Lynch is Dublin's most notorious criminal, his brazen robberies making him the bane of the Gardaí and a hero to his fellow working class city Northsiders. When not playing happy families with his two wives - sisters Christine and Lisa - and his children, Lynch is busy plotting elaborate heists, thinking as much about the showmanship of it all as he is the loot involved. On his case is Garda Noel Quigley, his determination to convict Lynch slowly turning into an obsession. Inevitably, a showdown looms.Written by
Kevin Spacey hosted a Q&A at the Irish Film Institute in Dublin, while he was filming " Ordinary Decent Criminal ". He was interviewed by the late Irish Times film critic Michael Dwyer, and regaled the delighted audience with stories and spot on impersonations of Brando, Pacino, O'Toole and Jack Lemmon amongst others. There was however a palpable hush in the room when he finally unveiled the accent he was utilising for the movie, as it seemed very " Stage Irish ". See more »
The priest (having found Caravaggio) talks about Holy Veronica in the Gospel of Luke. See more »
[to his gang]
The trick is they'll never beat you if you stick together and stay loyal.
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Words & Music by Damon Albarn
Used by kind permission of EMI Music Publishing Ltd.
Produced and Performed by Damon Albarn
Damon Albarn appears courtesy of Food and EMI Records Ltd. See more »
This was a fine movie, of the type that American film makers seem utterly incapable of making these days. The characters and plot were believable, there was a good sense of place (you got a nice sense of being in Ireland), it had many moments of (believable) excitement and suspense, and the ending was interesting and amusing. I enjoyed the technique the film maker used to splice the planning of the various schemes with the the execution of the schemes. The relationship between the character played by Mr. Spacey and his "two wives" was tittilating without being pornographic, as it was incorporated into his family situation. The parts on the way the police handled the gang were treated with amusement, rather than an expose-style, try-to-shock-us approach. It says something about Hollywood style films these days that Mr. Spacey and Ms. Fiorentino had to go all the way to Ireland to make it.
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