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.
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After a dramatic first scene, the subtle mood, half serious, half friendly, of the rest of the film is just brilliant. I had the curiosity to search for some fotos of the real Martin Cahill. The resemblance with Brendan Gleeson is amazing. In my opinion, John Borrman's last masterpiece to date.
One should not expect from Boorman anything less than a well-crafted and finely acted drama of high entertainment value. The Irish setting is depicted with a sardonic glee making the characterizations fitting to the 'always taking the piss' inonoclasm of Martin Cahill (a hilarious Brendan Gleeson) to his polygyny and to the hubristic resistance to integration (system or anti-system). A humorous and engaging film.
an impressive late period boorman as he slots seamlessly into the irish film industry. the light mixed with the use of black and white is fantastic. the performances are all key with gleeson superb and jon voight contributing a perfect irish accent. the script is snappy and witty also. but in the end, the themes of corruption, the robin hood complex and loyalty are all explored fully.
Une impressionnante interprétation de Brendan Gleason qui phagocyte le film et dont l'étonnante prestation dissimule et fait oublier quelques facilités et lourdeurs scénaristiques du metteur en scène...
I watched this because of Brendan Gleeson's outstanding acting performances & John Boorman's filmmaking ('Point Blank', 'Deliverance'). But both fail & deliver their worst performances. The movie meanders between comedy & (wanna be) thriller; but it's not at all funny nor exciting. Boring. The entire movie terribly lacks character-charisma. Just a story about a petty criminal who makes a fool of himself. 1,5 stars.