Ordinary Decent Criminal
Ordinary Decent Criminal is a 2000 crime
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, directed
Film director
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 by Thaddeus O'Sullivan
Thaddeus O'Sullivan
Thaddeus O'Sullivan is an Irish director, cinematographer, writer.-Filmography:-Awards:*1990 won the Silver Rosa Camuna at the Bergamo Film Meeting for December Bride...

, written by Gerard Stembridge
Gerard Stembridge
Gerard "Gerry" Stembridge is an Irish writer, director and actor. He was educated at Castleknock College in Dublin. While attending University College Dublin, he was auditor of the Literary and Historical Society...

. The film is loosely based on the story of Martin Cahill
Martin Cahill
Martin "The General" Cahill was a prominent Irish criminal from Dublin.Cahill generated a certain notoriety in the media, which referred to him by the sobriquet "The General". The name was also used by the media in order to discuss Cahill's activities while avoiding legal problems with libel...

, a famous Irish
Ireland is an island to the northwest of continental Europe. It is the third-largest island in Europe and the twentieth-largest island on Earth...

 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 isn't 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
Art theft
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, stealing several priceless paintings from Dublin's best art gallery, giving the authorities the slip. The police 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
Provisional Irish Republican Army
The Provisional Irish Republican Army is an Irish republican paramilitary organisation whose aim was to remove Northern Ireland from the United Kingdom and bring about a socialist republic within a united Ireland by force of arms and political persuasion...


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.


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  • Linda Fiorentino
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     as Christine Lynch
  • Peter Mullan
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     as Stevie
  • Stephen Dillane
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     as Noel Quigley
  • Helen Baxendale
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     as Lisa
  • David Hayman
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     as Tony Brady
  • Patrick Malahide
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     as Commissioner Daly
  • Gerard McSorley
    Gerard McSorley
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     as Harrison
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     as Father Grogan
  • Gary Lydon as Tom Rooney
  • Paul Ronan as Billy Lynch
  • Colin Farrell
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     as Alec
  • Vincent Regan
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    -Career:Regan was born in Swansea on 16 May 1965, the son of Irish immigrants. As a youth he moved to Ireland with his parents, but returned to Britain and attended St Joseph's College, Ipswich in Suffolk....

     as Shay Kirby
  • Tim Loane as Jerome Higgins
  • Christoph Waltz
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     as Peter
  • Enda Oates
    Enda Oates
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     as Brian
  • David Brady as Declan Brady


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See also

  • 2000 in film
    2000 in film
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  • Ordinary Decent Criminal (slang)
    Ordinary Decent Criminal (slang)
    Ordinary Decent Criminal is a term used by An Garda Siochana, the police force of the Republic of Ireland, to distinguish criminals engaging in illegal practices for financial or personal ends from those who have terrorist goals....

  • The General (1998 film)
    The General (1998 film)
    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 Gardaí, PIRA, and UVF. The film was shot in 1997 and released in 1998...

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