Long Good Friday

Long Good Friday

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Director: John MacKenzie

Cast: Bob Hoskins, Helen Mirren, Eddie Constantine

     
 

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John Mackenzie's masterfully directed British crime drama features a star-making performance by Bob Hoskins as Harold Shand, a successful London gangster whose world falls apart over the course of one weekend. Shand controls the London docks and is planning a big real estate deal, financed by money from the American mob and given the okay by the London organization.… See more details below

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John Mackenzie's masterfully directed British crime drama features a star-making performance by Bob Hoskins as Harold Shand, a successful London gangster whose world falls apart over the course of one weekend. Shand controls the London docks and is planning a big real estate deal, financed by money from the American mob and given the okay by the London organization. His world is sweet -- he lives in a fancy penthouse, he owns a yacht, and has a sensitive and intelligent mistress. But suddenly a bomb explodes inside his Rolls Royce, another bomb destroys a pub he owns, and a third is found inside his casino. Shand can't understand who would suddenly want him dead, particularly over the Easter weekend, when representatives from the American mafia are coming into town to discuss investing in Shands's real estate project.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
This British gangster movie might not enjoy the historical status of Little Caesar or Public Enemy, but it's a brilliant update of genre conventions distinguished by the star-making performance of Bob Hoskins. Best known as a character actor, Hoskins has demonstrated more than once his ability to carry a film: this one, he picks up and runs with. He's perfectly cast as Friday's protagonist, a highly entrepreneurial mobster named Harold Shand. Although a volatile sociopath, he enjoys relationships with British politicos and legitimate businessmen, and is on the verge of cobbling together a deal that will unite the English and American underworld in a massive London waterfront development. On the verge of this triumph, though, he finds himself locked in a bloody turf war that threatens to decimate his criminal empire. Hoskins, who looks every bit the ferocious bulldog he plays here, makes Harold a modern-day Macbeth, intoxicated by power but surrounded by deceit and treachery. Helen Mirren is superb as his ambitious "moll," and veteran actors Eddie Constantine, Bryan Marshall, and George Coulouris lend excellent support. There's also a nice bit featuring a young Pierce Brosnan as an IRA terrorist. Barrie Keeffe's script isn't always easy to follow, but John Mackenzie's assured direction keeps Friday barreling along. The film is frank and brutal, but it has the kind of raw power that compels viewer attention throughout. Despite years of gangster thrillers since its original 1980 theatrical release, The Long Good Friday remain among the most vital and energetic examples of the genre.
All Movie Guide
Critics loved this finely detailed gangster film, in which a then little-known British actor and director made their mark in international cinema. Director John MacKenzie had labored without much acclaim in film and television before his deft handling of this wry screenplay by Barrie Keefe. Bob Hoskins was a veteran, versatile actor in stage and screen roles who become better known in the United States for his 1988 lead role opposite a cartoon character in the partially animated spoof Who Framed Roger Rabbit?. In The Long Good Friday, he played a dockyard crime boss whose empire crumbles in a series of mysterious bombings over Easter weekend. Richly plotted and thick with suspense, the film made Hoskins an international star and was one of the finest of many contemporary updates of the classic crime film genre.

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/01/2011
UPC:
0014381657623
Original Release:
1980
Rating:
R
Source:
Image Entertainment
Time:
1:53:00

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bob Hoskins Harold Shand
Helen Mirren Victoria
Eddie Constantine Charlie
Dave King Parky
Brian Hall Alan
Pierce Brosnan 1st Irishman
Stephen Davies Tony
Derek Thompson Jeff Hughes
Bryan Marshall Harris
P.H. Moriarty Razors
Paul Freeman Colin
Charles Cork Eric
Paul Barber Erroll
Patti Love Carol
Michael Byrne Actor
Simone Reynolds Actor
Kevin McNally Irish Youth
Olivier Pierre Chef
Daragh O'Malley 2nd Irishman
Karl Howman David
Alan Ford Jack
Paul Kernber Ginger
Bill Moody Boston
Alan Devlin Priest
Bruce Alexander Mac
Pauline Melville Dora
Trevor Laird Boy under car
Dexter Fletcher Kid
Billy Cornelius Pete
Ryan Michael Waiter Ricardo
Robert Walker Jimmy
Nick Stringer Billy
Robert Hamilton Flynn
James Ottaway Commissionaire
Roy Alon Captain Death
Tony Rohr O'Flaherty
George Coulouris Gus

Technical Credits
John MacKenzie Director
Roy Alon Stunts
David John & the Mood Sound/Sound Designer
Tudor George Costumes/Costume Designer
Christopher Griffin Associate Producer
Barry Hanson Producer
Simon Hinkly Asst. Director
Barrie Keeffe Screenwriter
Phil Meheux Cinematographer
Francis Monkman Score Composer
Simone Reynolds Casting
Mike Taylor Editor
Freddie Williamson Makeup

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Disc #1 -- The Long Good Friday
   Play Feature
   Scenes
   Subtitles
      English SDH
      None
   Trailer

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