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The General

John Boorman
Format
Paperback
ISBN
9780571196463
Date Published
18.05.1998
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Summary

The General is the story of Martin Cahill – a working-class Dubliner who was the mastermind behind a series of daring robberies that stunned Ireland in the 1980s. Despite being the country’s most wanted man, he eluded capture – with great cheek – until he finally fell foul of the IRA. John Boorman’s screenplay delves deep into the heart of Cahill and reveals a man who possessed a relish for defying the might of society, a rage at perceived injustice, a ferocius cunning, a sense of perpetual celebration, and a dark brutality – all the characteristics of a Celtic chieftain. This volume also contains an essay by John Boorman on the dramatic struggles involved in bringing Martin Cahill’s life and times to the screen.

JohnBoorman

John Boorman was born in London in 1933. After working as a film reviewer for magazines and radio, he joined the BBC in 1955 as an assistant editor, and later directed a number of documentaries. His first feature was ‘Catch Us If You Can’ in 1965. His latest film, Country of My Skull, opens in 2003. He is a five-time…

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