UVF Leader


John Boorman, Paul Williams (novel)


John Boorman

John Boorman

Production Companies: 
Irish Film Board, Merlin Films, J&M Entertainment Productions

Additional Cast:
Brendan Gleeson, Adrian Dunbar, Sean McGinley, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Angeline Ball, Jon Voight

Available for purchase, rent, or  to watch free legally online in the US.

"FILM FESTIVAL REVIEW: A Sly Thief And All That He Plundered"

By Janet Maslin/ The New York Times

No doubt John Boorman's canny, elegant new film, ''The General,'' about the notorious Irish thief Martin Cahill, hits unusually close to home for the filmmaker.  The real Mr. Cahill actually did hit Mr. Boorman's home some years ago, and he stole the gold record that had been awarded the director for ''Dueling Banjos,'' from ''Deliverance.'' Now Mr. Boorman has his chance to return the favor, and what a chance it is...
The General trailer

The real-life story of Dublin folk hero and criminal Martin Cahill, who pulled off robberies in Ireland with his team, but attracted unwanted attention from the police, the IRA, and the UVF.


  • Based on the book by Paul Williams.

  • John Boorman won the 1998 Best Director award at the Cannes Film Festival for this film.