THE GENERAL (18)
D: John Boorman
Warner Bros/Merlin/J&M (John Boorman)
UK/Ireland 🇬🇧 🇮🇪 1998
W: John Boorman
DP: Seamus Deasy
Ed: Ron Davis
Mus: Richie Buckley
Brendan Gleeson (Martin Cahill), Adrian Dunbar (Noel Curley), Sean McGinley (Gary), Maria Doyle Kennedy (Frances), Angeline Ball (Tina)
The General is a biographical crime drama focusing on the life of Martin Cahill, an Irish criminal who pulled off a string of heists throughout the 1980's, becoming a contemporary Robin Hood-type figure on the Emerald Isle, attracting the attentions of the IRA and similar politically-motivated factions.
Brendan Gleeson delivers an excellent performance in the lead, whilst John Boorman's black and white approach gives the material a lot of gritty realism.