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The General


thegeneral98John Boorman made a grand comeback with this film; his home had been burglarized and he decided to make a movie about the thief, who happened to be the Irish master criminal Martin Cahill. Dubbed ā€œthe Generalā€ by his cronies, Cahill had become a notorious robber who eventually made the mistake of challenging theĀ IRA. The director portrays a humiliated police force that has a passionate desire to destroy the legend, but also a skilled professional who always knew how to trump the cops. Brendan Gleeson is successful in the way he lets Cahill come across as a regular family man who just happens to be a criminal.

1998-Ireland-Britain. 124 min. B/W. Widescreen.Ā Produced, written and directed byĀ John Boorman.Ā Cast:Ā Brendan Gleeson (Martin Cahill), Jon Voight (Ned Kelly), Adrian Dunbar (Noel Curley), Sean McGinley, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Angeline Ballā€¦ Jim Sheridan.

Trivia:Ā Some versions of the film were issued in color.

Cannes:Ā Best Director.

Last word: “I love black-and-white, and since I was making the film independently ā€“ I borrowed the money from the bank ā€“ there was no one to tell me I couldn’t. If I had made [‘The General’] for a studio, they wouldn’t let me do that. The other reason, the main reason, was because it was about recent events and people who were still alive. I wanted to give it a little distance. Black-and-white gives you that sort of parallel world. Also, it’s very close to the condition of dreaming, to the unconscious. I wanted it to have this mythic level because I felt this character was an archetype.” (Boorman, A.V. Club)

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