The General – Irish Classic

The General - Irish Film Festa

Ireland, UK, 1997/98

Director: John Boorman; screenplay: John Boorman based on the book by Paul Williams; cinematography: Seamus Deasy; editing: Ron Davis; music: Richie Buckley; production design: Derek Wallace; costumes: Maeve Paterson; casting: Jina Jay; producers: John Boorman; production companies: Merlin Films in association with J&M Entertainment Productions; Irish location: Dublin, Rathmines, Wicklow; running time: 124’

Cast: Brendan Gleeson, Adrian Dunbar, Sean McGinley, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Angeline Ball, Jon Voight, Tom Murphy, Ned Dennehy, Eamon Owens, Ronan Wilmot, David Wilmot, Don Wicherley, Barry McGovern, Brendan Coyle, Jim Sheridan



The rise and fall of the notorious Irish gangster Martin Cahill who became known as ‘The General’ after co-ordinating a series of armed robberies in Dublin during the 1980s. Hailed in some quarters as a folk-hero for his defiance against the authorities, Martin pulls one job too many when he steals paintings belonging to the Beit collection. With the police closing in, Cahill’s problems are multiplied by the increasing interest of the IRA in his activities.