The General

The General

Director: John Boorman Cast: Brendan Gleeson, Adrian Dunbar, Jon Voight

VHS (Wide Screen)


John Boorman, who won the 1998 Cannes Film Festival's Direction award for this film, previously won the same Cannes award almost three decades earlier for his Leo the Last (1969) about an alienated aristocrat in a London slum. Shot in widescreen color (but printed in sharp black-and-white), The General is a biographical portrait of ruthless Irish crime lord Martin Cahill, shot down outside his home by a single assassin on August 18, 1994. After this opening, the film then unfolds as a lengthy flashback of the events that led to his death, sketching in the raw beginnings of the youthful Martin (Eamonn Owens of The Butcher Boy) and moving into the Dublin slum of Hollyfield to show the adult Cahill (Brendan Gleeson) and his link to a local cop, Inspector Ned Kenny (Jon Voight). Various thefts enable Cahill to support his wife Frances (Maria Doyle Kennedy), his four children, and his sister-in-law Tina (Angeline Ball). As the years pass, Cahill rises as a mobster, bamboozling cops, constructing airtight alibis, pulling off a near-impossible jewel heist, and setting up a menage a trois with Frances and Tina. (Both actresses were seen previously in Alan Parker's The Commitments).

Product Details

Release Date: 01/11/2000
UPC: 0043396037281
Original Release: 1998
Rating: R
Source: Sony Pictures
Presentation: [Wide Screen]

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Brendan Gleeson Martin Cahill
Adrian Dunbar Noel Curley
Jon Voight Inspector Ned Kenny
Maria Doyle Kennedy Frances
Angeline Ball Tina
Sean McGinley Gary
Eanna McLiam Actor
Tom Murphy Actor
Paul Hickey Actor
Tommy O'Neill Actor
John O'Toole Actor
Ciaran Fitzgerald Actor
Ned Dennehy Actor
Vinny Murphy Actor
Roxanna Williams Actor
Eamonn Owens Martin Cahill as a boy
Colleen O'Neill Actor

Technical Credits
John Boorman Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Kevan Barker Asst. Director
Richie Buckley Score Composer
Kieran Corrigan Executive Producer
Ron Davis Editor
Betsy Davis Executive Producer
Seamus Deasy Cinematographer
Brendan Deasy Sound/Sound Designer
Jina Jay Casting
Maeve Paterson Costumes/Costume Designer
P.J. Pettitte Executive Producer
Doug Turner Sound/Sound Designer
Derek Wallace Production Designer

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