The General is a 1998 biographical drama about the real-life Irish gangster and folk hero Martin Cahill (Brendan Gleeson), who stole an estimated $60 million over his 20 year career. The film begins with the young Cahill at a reform school, already breaking the law. As an adult, he forms a gang with Noel (Adrian Dunbar), Gary (Sean McGinley) and Jimmy (Eanna MacLiam), always managing to stay ahead of Inspector Ned Kenny (Jon Voight) with elegant alibis. His personal life involves two sisters, his wife, Frances (Maria Doyle Kennedy) and mistress, Tina (Angeline Ball). He achieves folk hero status for his ability to dodge authority while pulling off impressive jewelry heists and bank thefts until the Irish Republican Army puts a stop to his attempt to enter politics. Director John Boorman won the prestigious Cannes Film Festival award for Best Director for this fascinating character study of a charming criminal that could also heartlessly put lives and livelihoods in danger.