The General


2h 9m 1998

Brief Synopsis

Based on the story of Martin Cahill, a notorious Dublin gangster who was the mastermind behind a series of daring robberies that stunned Ireland in the 1980s. In a twenty-year career marked by obsessive secrecy, brutality and meticulous planning, Martin Cahill stole over 60 million dollars. Despite

Film Details

Also Known As
General
MPAA Rating
Release Date
1998
Distribution Company
Sony Pictures Classics
Location
Dublin, Ireland

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 9m

Synopsis

Based on the story of Martin Cahill, a notorious Dublin gangster who was the mastermind behind a series of daring robberies that stunned Ireland in the 1980s. In a twenty-year career marked by obsessive secrecy, brutality and meticulous planning, Martin Cahill stole over 60 million dollars. Despite being the country's most wanted man, he brazenly eluded capture, thumbing his nose at both the police and the IRA, whom he despised--along with the Church and the State--as institutional authority figures. He lived in a menage a trois with his wife and her sister, siring several children with both. While images of Cahill regularly appeared in the press, they were always obscured, typically by Cahill's hand placed in front of his face. Although Cahill was a legend in Ireland during his lifetime, his true identity remained as an enigma.

Film Details

Also Known As
General
MPAA Rating
Release Date
1998
Distribution Company
Sony Pictures Classics
Location
Dublin, Ireland

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 9m

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Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Nominated for the 1998 award for Best Director (John Boorman) from the Chicago Film Critics Association.

Winner of Jury Prizes for Best Film and Best Director (Boorman) at the 1998 Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival.

Winner of the Best Director Award at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival.

Winner of the Best Film Award at the 2000 Irish Film and Television Awards.

Winner of two 1998 award, including Best Director and Best Actor (Brendan Gleeson) from Boston Society of Film Critics.

Released in United States 1998

Released in United States December 8, 1998

Released in United States May 1998

Released in United States October 1998

Released in United States on Video July 20, 1999

Released in United States September 1998

Released in United States Winter December 18, 1998

Shown at Aspen Filmfest in Aspen, Colorado September 23-27, 1998.

Shown at Boston Film Festival September 10-20, 1998.

Shown at Cannes Film Festival (in competition) May 13-24, 1998.

Shown at Chicago International Film Festival October 8-18, 1998.

Shown at Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival October 28 - November 15, 1998.

Shown at New York Film Festival September 25 - October 11, 1998.

Shown at Toronto International Film Festival (Masters) September 10-19, 1998.

Began shooting August 10, 1997.

Completed shooting October 22, 1997.

Film was shot in black and white on color stock.

Cinemascope

Released in United States 1998 (Shown at Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival October 28 - November 15, 1998.)

Released in United States 1998 (Shown at New York Film Festival September 25 - October 11, 1998.)

Released in United States May 1998 (Shown at Cannes Film Festival (in competition) May 13-24, 1998.)

Released in United States on Video July 20, 1999

Released in United States September 1998 (Shown at Aspen Filmfest in Aspen, Colorado September 23-27, 1998.)

Released in United States September 1998 (Shown at Boston Film Festival September 10-20, 1998.)

Released in United States September 1998 (Shown at Toronto International Film Festival (Masters) September 10-19, 1998.)

Released in United States October 1998 (Shown at Chicago International Film Festival October 8-18, 1998.)

Released in United States December 8, 1998 (Shown in New York City (DGA Theater) as part of series "IFP's/Director's Take" December 8, 1998.)

Released in United States Winter December 18, 1998