James Stewart stars as a railroad man hired to secretly carry a payroll despite his suspected connections to outlaws
Gleeson is Martin Cahill, the small-time crook terrorizing Dublin with his scams and thieving, Voight is the inspector who is out to get him but can't help admiring his cheek when dealing with the authorities.
Based on the real-life exploits of Cahill, Boorman's beautifully crafted film is graced with an all-round excellent ensemble cast, and while the director's choice of filming it all in glorious black and white doesn't always make sense, The General is a welcome return to basics for Britain's most adventurous and visionary director, who has always stayed faithful to his love of cinema.
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