THE GENERAL (1998)
A film by John Boorman.
Cast: Brendan Gleeson, Adrian Dunbar, Sean McGinley.
The real-life story of Dublin folk hero and criminal Martin Cahill, who pulled off two daring robberies in Ireland with his team, but attracted unwanted attention from the police, the IRA, the UVF and members of his own team. “The General,” was for many years the most famous professional criminal in Ireland, a man who copied Robin Hood, up to a point: He stole from the rich and gave to himself. He was a stubborn man and so clever that some of the police admired him. He was shot dead in 1994 by the Irish Republican Army after getting involved in politics, the one thing in Ireland more dangerous than crime. Boorman, whose films have ranged from “Deliverance” to “Excalibur,” had one close brush with Cahill, who broke into his house and stole the gold record he was awarded for “Dueling Banjos,” the hit single from “Deliverance.” The movie includes that episode; Cahill Has made $60 million In is life of crime. Boorman’s film is shot in wide-screen black and white, and as it often does, black and white emphasizes the characters and the story. It is a good movie.