Ordinary Decent Criminal

Ordinary Decent Criminal

Ordinary Decent Criminal is a 2000 crime comedy film. It was directed by Thaddeus O’Sullivan and written by Gerard Stembridge. The film stars Kevin Spacey and Linda Fiorentino. The film is very loosely based on the story of Martin Cahill, who was a famous Irish crime boss.

The Plot of the Film

Michael Lynch (Spacey) is one of Dublin’s most well-known criminals. He has two wives who are sisters Christine and Lisa. Also, many many children. When he is not spending time with his family, he is plotting heists with his gang. His actions make him an iconic figure, and he has a certain rapport with the general public even though he is a criminal.

During his elaborate thefts, he concentrates on the showmanship as much as the crime itself. He pulls off a very daring art theft where he steals several priceless paintings from Dublin’s best-known art gallery while giving the guards the slip. The Gardaí become more determined to catch him as time goes on. One guard in particular – Noel Quigley, who becomes obsessed with catching Lynch. At the same time, he manages to fall out with the IRA.

The film climaxs when Lynch finds himself in serious trouble when he is unable to sell a stolen Caravaggio painting. This gives Quigley the opportunity he was waiting for to try and catch him. Lynch is forced to go on the run, which puts his popularity with the public in peril.


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Ordinary Decent Criminal