Ordinary Decent Criminal

For the slang expression, see Ordinary Decent Criminal (slang).
Ordinary Decent Criminal

DVD case cover for Ordinary Decent Criminal
Directed by Thaddeus O'Sullivan
Produced by Jonathan Cavendish
Written by Gerard Stembridge
Starring Kevin Spacey
Linda Fiorentino
Peter Mullan
Stephen Dillane
Helen Baxendale
David Hayman
Patrick Malahide
Colin Farrell
Christoph Waltz
Vincent Regan
Donny Hak
Music by Damon Albarn
Cinematography Andrew Dunn
Edited by William M. Anderson
Release dates
  • 7 January 2000 (2000-01-07) (Ireland)
  • 21 January 2003 (2003-01-21) (U.S.)
Running time
93 minutes
Country Ireland
Language English

Ordinary Decent Criminal is a 2000 crime comedy film, directed by Thaddeus O'Sullivan, written by Gerard Stembridge, and stars Kevin Spacey and Linda Fiorentino. The film is loosely based on the story of Martin Cahill, a famous Irish crime boss.[1]

Filmed in late 1998 and originally scheduled for a fall 1999 release, the movie was put out overseas first the following year but it never got a proper theatrical release in the United States, where it was released straight to video in January 2003, almost five years after filming began.


Michael Lynch is one of Dublin's most notorious criminals. He has two wives, sisters Christine and Lisa, as well as 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 rapport with the general public despite being a criminal.

During his elaborate heists, he concentrates on the showmanship as much as the crime itself. He pulls off a daring art theft, stealing several priceless paintings from Dublin's best art gallery, giving the authorities the slip. The Gardaí become more determined to catch him as time goes on, in particular Noel Quigley, an officer whose ambition to catch Lynch becomes an obsession. His actions also gain the ire of the IRA.

Lynch finds himself in trouble when he is unable to sell a stolen Caravaggio painting, The Taking of Christ giving Quigley the opportunity he was waiting for to try and catch him. Lynch is forced to go on the run, with his popularity with the public at stake.



The film received negative reviews from critics. Rotten Tomatoes rates the film 13% based on eight reviews.[2] The rating of the film on IMDb is 6.4/10 from 9,880 users.[3]



  1. "One Day At A Time" - Damon Albarn and Robert Del Naja
  2. "Kevin On A Motorbike" - Damon Albarn
  3. "Superfinger" - Lowfinger
  4. "Mother Of Pearl" - Bryan Ferry
  5. "I Want You" - Shack
  6. "Gopher Mambo" - Yma Sumac
  7. "Chase After Gallery" - Damon Albarn
  8. "Eurodisco" - Bis
  9. "Bank Job" - Damon Albarn
  10. "Dying Isn't Easy" - Damon Albarn

Home media

Ordinary Decent Criminal was released on DVD on 31 January 2003.[4]

See also


  1. "Ordinary Decent Criminal". The Irish in Film. Retrieved 24 October 2012.
  2. Ordinary Decent Criminal at Rotten Tomatoes.Retrieved 2009-10-31.
  3. "Ordinary Decent Criminal". IMDb. Retrieved 24 October 2012.
  4. Ordinary Decent Criminal. "Ordinary Decent Criminal". Amazon. Retrieved 24 October 2012.
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