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Ordinary Decent Criminal (2000)."Fuck Art!"

SHITE! We messed up again. Turns out the film we were supposed to watch SPEAKEASY was part of some HBO contest/documentary series and not really a movie. We tried to give it a shot at 13 min in....we just couldn't take it anymore. So we roll again and we got 

ORDINARY DECENT CRIMINAL from 2000. And what a fun romp through Irish organized crime this was.  Check out this indie crime comedy flick. 


Storyline :Michael Lynch is Dublin's most notorious criminal, his brazen robberies making him the bane of the Gardaí and a hero to his fellow working class city Northsiders. When not playing happy families with his two wives - sisters Christine and Lisa - and his children, Lynch is busy plotting elaborate heists, thinking as much about the showmanship of it all as he is the loot involved. On his case is Garda Noel Quigley, his determination to convict Lynch slowly turning into an obsession. Inevitably, a showdown looms.

Directors: Thaddeus O'Sullivan

Writers: Gerard Stembridge

Stars: Kevin Spacey, Linda Fiorentino, Peter Mullan, and Stephen Dillane

Awards: 0 Wins & 0 Nominations

Film Budget: Unknown

Gross Worldwide: Unknown


This movie actually has an original soundtrack scored by Blur's Damon Albarn. We've included a few selections here.


Michael just loves taking the law into his own hands!

  1. The story that Father Grogan tells Michael and Christine about finding Michelangelo da Caravaggio's "The Taking of Christ" is true. The painting was found by accident when it was sent for cleaning. It can now be see in the National Gallery of Ireland as stated.

  2. Kevin Spacey would later recommend Colin Farrell to director Joel Schumacher, with whom he had made A Time to Kill (1996). Schumacher would give Farrell his first Hollywood break in the critically acclaimed Tigerland (2000).

  3. Kevin Spacey hosted a Q&A at the Irish Film Institute in Dublin, while he was filming "Ordinary Decent Criminal". He was interviewed by the late Irish Times film critic Michael Dwyer, and regaled the delighted audience with stories and spot on impersonations of Brando, Pacino, O'Toole and Jack Lemmon amongst others. There was however a palpable hush in the room when he finally unveiled the accent he was utilising for the movie, as it seemed very "Stage Irish".

  4. As of 2022, this is one of only three movies scored by Blur frontman Damon Albarn.

  5. As Michael is running out of the museum, stealing the painting of Judas kissing Jesus, the exhibition sign he passes reads "The Taking of Christ".


Unfortunately as with most of the more obscure movies you will probably have to rent this one on Amazon or Youtube.

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