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Ordinary Decent Criminal [VHS] [2000]

Kevin Spacey , Linda Fiorentino , Thaddeus O'Sullivan    Suitable for 15 years and over   VHS Tape
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Kevin Spacey, Linda Fiorentino, Peter Mullan, Stephen Dillane, Helen Baxendale
  • Directors: Thaddeus O'Sullivan
  • Writers: Gerard Stembridge
  • Producers: Christine Ruppert, James Mitchell, Jonathan Cavendish, Margaret Moggan, Martha O'Neill
  • Language: English
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Icon
  • VHS Release Date: 26 Mar 2001
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000056WO2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 316,769 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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In modern day Ireland, notorious thief Michael Lynch (Kevin Spacey) has become a popular hero, robbing only the rich and continually eluding the clutches of the police. However, Michael begins to believe his own legend after stealing a valuable Caravaggio painting, and begins enjoying theft for its own sake. A couple of miscalculations result in Michael losing the faith of his gang, and for the first time it seems that the police stand a chance of bringing him to justice.

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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
As a huge Kevin Spacey fan, I felt he had more than served his time in supporting roles and was long overdue a starring role he could get his teeth into. This film isn't it.
The film is a heavily fictionalised account of the life of Dublin gangster Martin Cahill - or "Michael Lynch". The film copies Cahill's lifestyle with Michael living with his wife and her sister and by being a supposedly charismatic gang leader. This is where the film falls down. Spacey's accent and handle on the character are faultless but the script doesn't get out of third gear until about 60 minutes in - the film's third act, in effect. And by then, we've lost all will to care for Lynch, or any of the characters.
In John Boorman's The General, Brendan Gleeson gave a starmaking performance as Martin Cahill in the title role, breathing fire through the bones of the character and leaving us in no uncertain terms as to why people chose to follow him. In the role of Michael Lynch, we find Kevin Spacey undecided about what to do with Gerard Stembridge's muddled script and giving us the public persona of Kevin Spacey. This would be fine if we were watching The Life And Times Of Kevin Spacey, but doesn't work when we need to believe in him as a Dublin gangster, let alone one who is capable of pulling off Ireland's biggest art theft.
Spacey can't make you think of anyone other than Kevin Spacey. If Spacey had been a bit more generous, David Hayman's excellent second-in-command and Peter Mullan's henchman would have more screen time. If director Thaddeus O'Sullivan had really wanted to make an interesting film about Martin Cahill, he should have told the story from their perspective, to see beyond the clichés.
Cahill's life was never going to make an entertaining caper-style thriller.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not a bad film at all! 9 Jan 2003
Format:DVD
As a huge Kevin Spacey fan, and after hearing some good reviews on this film, I just had to buy it!
While this isn't Spacey's finest work he is very good at playing an Irish criminal master-mind (he even pulls off a very good accent!)who is brilliant at fooling the police who are always left looking and feeling very stupid!
This is very funny at times, but it also drags at times. It gets slow in the middle before the really exciting and un-expected ending!
Good stuff!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars rubbish 5 Dec 2006
By sean paul mccann VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
ah the never ending idea of getting in established actors to play irish people and adapt an accent that makes me ill never ceases to dull my senses but if the film is decent enough then i can learn to move on,with ordinary decent criminals that notion doesnt apply as the film is a howler from start to finish.

The film had to be altered at the last minute,the original film was centred around real life crime lord martin cahill,but then the film makers heard that a film about him was already being made,(the general) so the script was altered even if a few similarities remain.

The film is devoid of soul and the pace is lazy,i believe there are funny parts in here,they didnt find me,spacey looks uncomfortable here and it is one film that i can almost bet he didnt appear in as his cv is of the highest calibre,not worth your time.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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Format:VHS Tape
To give it some credit ODC is unashamed in setting itself out as a comic strip film, but the yarn element to this story soon recedes as the gut wrenching accents of the non Irish cast take centre stage. For Kevin Spacey read Sean McGinley, for Linda Fiorentino read Dervla Kirwan. I know Kev and Linda are box office, but what's the point when the accents they put to very,very dodgy dialogue is out of the Julia Roberts school of infuriating accents. Back to the plot, and basically we follow lovable ODC Michael Lynch (loosely based on the late Martin Cahill *see the General*) who as well as leading a gang of daring and impressionable friends also falls out with the local IRA ganglords. Rather than try diplomacy, Michael sticks the metaphorical two fingers up at said group and robs a major jewellers from under they're very noses. This put's Michael on borrwoed time, as he attempts to steer clear of the terrorists as well as keep an eye on any Judas members of his own gang.
In the films finale Michael goes up against the IRA whilst on a bank job, and it looks as though he has met his equal and will now meet his maker.
There is a final twist that is neither original cheeky or anything that couldn't have been conceived by a drunk over the toilet bowl on a Friday night at 1am.
I like humour, I like originality, I like crime genre films. I didn't like Ordinary Decent Criminal.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This was a great feature. 16 Dec 2000
By A Customer
Format:DVD
It's bad this never came over to the state. This film was great with Kevin Spacey. It had all the action and comedy in it. The story was good about Michael Lynch. How he go about robbing bank. Michael was into the review in the paper. How he pull off this robbing. Then the painting robbing was great. Michael wanted to be remember for what he did, more then getting the money for the painting. Michel like to challenges the authority at every turns to tried to catch him. The ending was great, what Michael did to insure his family, would be looked after. I would have to say, this was a very funny and great film. With Spacey in it. It to bad I had to order in from England to finally see it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
quite a funny film but also some serious parts in it
Published 4 days ago by truckman020
5.0 out of 5 stars Under pressure they deny him thrice
Time flies watching this film
Under pressure they deny him thrice
clever, funny, nice accents, grimy
Published 21 days ago by R.Potter
2.0 out of 5 stars Not a good day for the Irish
Kevin is a good actor. This film let him dowm. It glorifies criminals and steriotypes the Irish as stupid. I was hoping the plot would twist into somthing better.
Published 13 months ago by Dr. Michael J. Atkins
3.0 out of 5 stars Ordinary Decent Criminal
Based around a true story, fast cars (OK, slightly dated now), great sound track and Kevin Spacey on top form. What more do you want? Great film.
Published on 12 May 2011 by Wa1ke
1.0 out of 5 stars Colin Ferral
This movie is so dumb they even managed to spell Farrell's name incorrectly - Colin Ferral in the end credits. Read more
Published on 24 April 2008 by Billy Ray Cyrus
1.0 out of 5 stars The General. John Boorman.
This movie is based on the Irish gangster Martin Cahill, who was shot dead by the IRA in 1995. However, Ordinary Decent Criminal is at pains to point out that it is a fictitious... Read more
Published on 23 Sep 2006 by Billy Ray Cyrus
5.0 out of 5 stars Criminally Underated
This film is brilliant, i bought it just because i fancied buying a film and it was cheap and i was glad i did. Read more
Published on 14 Jan 2004 by J. Batchelor
5.0 out of 5 stars a much watch for irish and kevin spacey lovers
this must be kevin spaceys best movie to date, he plays a true irish rogue. excellent storyline and funny with it. i can see why he has two wives, they couldnt resist him in this.
Published on 21 Feb 2002 by cel_298x@hotmail.com
3.0 out of 5 stars Lock Stock and Two Caravaggios
Well it takes all tastes...and I differ from the previous reviewer.
This film was a romp from beginning to end. Read more
Published on 4 Sep 2001 by Paul Kelly
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT
Although The General is the best version of the Martin Cahill story, this film gives us a few good tweaks to his legend and has an ending that he would be proud of. Read more
Published on 14 Mar 2001
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