The General (1998)

Closed Capationed Starring: Adrian Dunbar & Brendan Gleeson Director: John Boorman  Rated: R: Restricted
The General (1998)
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: R
  • Closed captioning available
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 39 minutes
  • Video: Black & White / Color
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  • Originally Released: 1998
  • Label: Sony Pictures
Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada) Encoding
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Cannes 1998 - Best Director: John Boorman

Entertainment Reviews:

Rolling Stone - 01/21/1999
"...[A] remarkable true story....Jon Voight is uncannily good..."
Sight and Sound - 06/01/1998
"...Subtle and absorbing....THE GENERAL boasts a heady, epic sweep....A fragment of folklore that speaks of and to our times..."
Entertainment Weekly - 01/22/1999
"...[Shows us] a uniquely ramshackle brand of criminal genius....Discipline and focus..."
USA Today - 12/18/1998
"...Boorman flawlessly handles his actors and expertly orchestrates action in one of the widest-looking black-and-white Panavision frames since 1967's IN COLD BLOOD..."
New York Times - 12/18/1998
"...Canny, elegant....[Filmed] in such seductively beautiful black and white that it has the visual precision of a photo essay..."
Box Office - 07/01/1998
"...In THE GENERAL, director John Boorman is back in top form....Extremely accomplished direction.....Boorman adeptly mixes humor along with the crime and violence..."
Premiere - 12/01/1998
"...Boorman's script transforms almost every event depicted in the movie into a miniature theme....Boorman makes all his allusions work..."
Chicago Sun-Times - 01/22/1999
"...Boorman's narrative style has a nice offhand feel about it..."
Ultimate DVD - 07/01/2006
4 stars out of 5 -- "[A] provocative and entertaining biopic....It's a riveting watch."
Total Film - 09/01/2006
4 stars out of 5 -- "[A] mischievous biopic of Irish master-criminal Martin Cahill."
Uncut - 09/01/2006
4 stars out of 5 -- "Straightforward but solid biopic of celebrated Dublin gangster Martin Cahill from DELIVERANCE director John Boorman."

Plot Synopsis:

THE GENERAL is director John Boorman's lively telling of the true-life story of Martin Cahill, a small-time Dublin thief who managed to offend the police, IRA, and UVF by rejecting all of their institutions. Shot in gorgeous black-and-white, Boorman--who actually felt the wrath of Cahill when his home was broken into--presents Cahill as an idealistic, likeable dreamer who never found a place to fit in, even as a child.

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Ireland | Theatrical Release

Production Notes:

  • Theatrical release: December 18, 1998.
  • Shot on location in Dublin and Wicklow, Ireland.
  • Martin Cahill once broke into director John Boorman's house, stealing the DUELING BANJOS gold record from DELIVERANCE, an episode included in the film.

    Actor Brendan Gleason learned to ride a motorcyle to play the Harley-loving thief.
  • Eamonn Owens, star of Neil Jordan's THE BUTCHER BOY, plays Cahill as a child.
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  • Sales Rank: 29,477
  • UPC: 043396037267
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