The Long Good Friday

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Overview

For a Criterion Collection DVD, one would expect more from the disc than the film and a few theatrical trailers. But this disc contains nothing more, the film and trailers making up its entire contents. John Mackenzie's The Long Good Friday is a classic British gangster film that made a star out of actor Bob Hoskins. It's been studied in film schools in America and Europe and begs for commentary and essays on the film's exercise in violent restraint. The DVD offers no critical studies beyond the 114-minute film. ...
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Overview

For a Criterion Collection DVD, one would expect more from the disc than the film and a few theatrical trailers. But this disc contains nothing more, the film and trailers making up its entire contents. John Mackenzie's The Long Good Friday is a classic British gangster film that made a star out of actor Bob Hoskins. It's been studied in film schools in America and Europe and begs for commentary and essays on the film's exercise in violent restraint. The DVD offers no critical studies beyond the 114-minute film. On the bright side, the disc contains a new digital transfer of the film created from the 35 mm interpositive, presented in a 1:77 aspect ratio rather than the standard 1:85. The image quality is much better than the audio, which is in mono created from the 35 mm magnetic tracks. The disc contains the American and British trailers for the film, which makes for a great comparison, but certainly not enough of a supplement to feel worthy of owning. No language or subtitle options are included.
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Special Features

Original British and American theatrical trailers
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Editorial Reviews

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: 11/24/1998
  • UPC: 715515009621
  • Original Release: 1980
  • Rating:

  • Source: Criterion
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Alternate Wide Screen (1.77:1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Mono
  • Sound: monaural
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:54:00
  • Format: DVD

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
Simone Reynolds
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 Jr. 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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Scene Index

Chapters
0. Chapters
0. Menu Group #3 with 21 chapter(s) covering 01:54:15
1. Logos/Opening Titles. [2:01]
2. The setup. [4:32]
3. Lunch alfresco. [2:38]
4. The Yanks are coming. [4:36]
5. The gambit. [7:19]
6. A hat on the bed. [3:53]
7. Raspberry ripple. [7:46]
8. Aggro. [6:42]
9. Little acorns. [1:17]
10. Natural gas. [5:38]
11. A meeting of the minds. [7:29]
12. Victor Victoria. [3:05]
13. Flirting with disaster. [7:41]
14. Dead meat. [3:05]
15. Raw nerves. [6:44]
16. On the scent. [3:43]
17. The bloody truth. [5:02]
18. The calm before the storm. [2:49]
19. Retribution. [10:37]
20. "A little bit more than a hot dog." [3:29]
21. End credits. [6:23]
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Menu

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Play The Movie
British Trailer
American Trailer
Color Bars
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Gripping gangster drama

    I saw this film several years ago and again recently on pay cable. Bob Hoskins gives a stunning, emotional portayal of a gangster trying to go legit. He's stubborn, brutish and brilliant by turns. Helen Mirren is great as well. A must see if you're a fan of the genre or just a fan of great acting.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Long Good Friday is the perfect gangster film

    Saw this flick after x years on a transatlantic flight and had to see it again on the return. Bob Hoskin's facial expressions at the conclusion are without equal.

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