Movies A-Z | Celebs | SiteMap | DVD | Advanced Search
   Movie Database News    In Theaters    Coming Soon    Future Movies    BoxOffice     Trailers     Scripts     Wallpapers     Directory  
  Home -

The General (1998) - movie overview

The General (1998)

User Rating
(15 votes)
OverviewCommentsDVDsForumProduction InfoAdd to MyMovies 

Quotes (3)
Trivia (5)
Plot Description

Release Date
 USA: Dec 18, 1998
DVD Release Date
 R1: Jul 20, 1999

Official Website:
The General Website

MPAA Rating
Rated R for violence and pervasive language.

Running Time
2 hours, 9 minutes

Country UK, Ireland

Studio J & M Entertainment, Merlin Films

More info on

Other Titles
• The General
• I Once Had a Life (1998)

Sign up for our Newsletter!
Movie news in your email:

Your Name:

Your E-Mail Address:

Genre: Crime, Thriller, Drama, Biography, Gangsters, Courtroom, Thieves, Police, Detectives, Cult Classic

Tagline: The extraordinary true story of the rise and fall of the gangster, Martin Cahill.

Plot: Brendan Gleeson stars as Martin Cahill, the leading Irish criminal of the 1980s. A protean figure, Cahill was a man of extraordinary intelligence, obsessive secretiveness, and vicious brutality who was never stopped by the Irish police despite having pocketed more than $60 million of other people's money. He was also capable of generosity to those in need and exuded a contagious joie de vivre that made him a hero to Ireland's poor and working-class population.

Born into poverty in the slums of Hollyfield, Cahill ends up in reform school after robbing a local merchant. Given his abilities, his rise in the world of crime is swift, abetted by a violent streak that has him nailing a partner to a pool table when he mistakently suspects him of talking to the cops. His creative domestic arrangements have him married to Frances (Maria Doyle Kennedy) while also begetting children with her sister, Tina (Angeline Ball). Although he enjoyed mocking every form of authority from the church and the government to the IRA, he had an unspoken bond with police inspector Ned Kenny (Jon Voight), who curses himself for allowing this latter-day Celtic chieftain to charm even a cop. A completely engrossing film anchored by the brilliant Gleeson and a terrific supporting cast, THE GENERAL was shot by

More Plot Descriptions


Related Movies:

   Discussion forum for this movie
Thread Replies Last Post
There are no discussion threads for this movie yet...

Start a new discussion about this movie.

 Directed by
John Boorman
Deliverance, Excalibur, The Tailor of Panama
 Written by
John Boorman
Deliverance, Excalibur, The Tailor of Panama
Brendan Gleeson
Troy, Gangs of New York, Mission: Impossible II
Sean McGinley
Braveheart, Michael Collins, Circle of Friends
Jon Voight
Heat, Pearl Harbor, Mission: Impossible
Adrian Dunbar
The Crying Game, Richard III, Hear My Song
Maria Doyle Kennedy
The Commitments, The MatchMaker, Moll Flanders
Angeline Ball
The Commitments, My Girl 2, The Pebble and the Penguin
Eanna MacLiam
My Left Foot, Angela's Ashes, The Snapper
 Music By
Richie Buckley
Goldfish Memory, W.C.

 Recommended Movies
Movie Title Agree Disagree
Hurricane, The (1999)
Ordinary Decent Criminal (2000)
Fourth Angel, The (2001)
Long Good Friday, The (1980)
In Cold Blood (1967)
Johnny Handsome (1989)
Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001)
Run Lola Run (1998)

Help us improve these results!
Mark the movies you think are similar by putting a checkmark under 'Agree' and hit Submit. Leave blank those you are not sure about. is not the official site for this film.
All editorial views and opinions expressed here are for entertainment purposes only. <>

DVD | Home | BoxOffice | All Celebs | All Movies | Release Schedule | In Production | In Theaters
Coming Soon | Future Movies | Trailers | Scripts | Wallpapers | Directory | Advanced Search | Knihy
Copyright 2002 All rights reserved.
This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in any form. Use of this site signifies your agreement to the terms of use.