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The General (1998) Movie Review Summary

Actors: Brendan Gleeson, Jon Voight

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Writer-director John Boorman put together a trim, sharp black-and-white portrait of a (fairly gritty) modern-day Robin Hood figure: Martin Cahill, a Dublin crime boss. (Boorman's home was burglarized by Cahill, and a gold record was among the items stolen -- an incident he includes in the film.) Gleeson does an excellent job of bringing this rowdy man of contradictions and big appetites to life, and Jon Voight is charming as the bemused police inspector. There's a lot of violence and thick Irish accents in this 1998 film, and it leaves very little trace afterward, but it's a fine piece of work.
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Script Analysis of The General (1998)

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1960's-1970's Polit/Social/Race/Gender activism    -   Yes Plotlet:    -   left-wing-but-not-quite-communist activism! Crime & Scandal    -   Yes Story of    -   criminals stealing from honest people    -   criminals killing each other    -   one man's rise in a criminal organization Job/Profession/Poverty Story?    -   Yes Job:    -   criminal Ethnic/Regional/Gender story?    -   Yes Ethnic/region/relig    -   Irish

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   criminal Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   Irish

Setting

Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   Ireland City?    -   Yes City:    -   dirty, grimy (like New York)    -   dangerous

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Any profanity?    -   A lot of foul language

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