The General Movie Review 1998

Information and Film Reviews for The General the Movie

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Biopic of maverick Dublin crime lord Martin Cahill (Gleeson), nicknamed "The General" for his planning abilities. Film is one long flashback as it begins in 1994 with Cahill's assassination. Cahill supports his family through various burglaries, making a mockery of the local cops, including Ned Kenny (Voight). But Cahill's rise from petty criminal to local mobster is noted by the IRA and when he refuses to cut them in on his profits, things turn very dicey for the cocky, ruthless Cahill.


Sony Pictures Home Video, Sony Pictures Plz., 10202 W. Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232, Phone: (310)244-7306, Fax: (310)280-2485, URL:, Remarks: Formerly Columbia Tristar Home Entertainment

Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 123 minutes.
Originally from Irish, British.

Cast and Crew

Crime Drama, Burglars, Dublin, Biopics: Cops & Robbers, True Crime, Flashback
John Boorman
Brendan Gleeson, Adrian Dunbar, Sean McGinley, Jon Voight, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Angeline Ball, Ciaran Fitzgerald, Eamon Owens
Seamus Deasy
John Boorman
Richie Buckley
John Boorman, Sony Pictures Classics


Cannes 1998: Director (Boorman).

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