- The General (1998 film)
name = The General
caption = Theatrical release poster
producer = John Boorman
writer = John Boorman
Brendan Gleeson Adrian Dunbar Maria Doyle Kennedy Angeline Ball Jon Voight
music = Richie Buckley
cinematography = Seamus Deasy
country = Republic of Ireland
Sony Pictures Classics
December 18, 1998
runtime = 124 min.
language = English
imdb_id = 0120706
"The General" is a 1998 crime
filmabout Dublincriminal Martin Cahill, who pulled off several daring heists in the early 1980s, and attracted attention from the Garda, IRA, and UVF. The film was directed by John Boorman, filmed in 1997 and released in 1998. Brendan Gleesonplayed Cahill, Adrian Dunbarplayed his close friend Noel Curley, and Jon Voightplayed Inspector Ned Kenny.
John Boormanwas himself one of Cahill's burglary victims. This event was dramatized in the film in a scene where 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 broke in disgust after discovering it was not made of gold, was awarded for the score of Deliverance, Boorman's most well-known film.
"The General" was filmed in color, but it has been released in both a color version and a
"The General" was nominated for and won several awards, including "Best Director" at the
Cannes Film Festival.
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