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Bob Hoskins Collection

Bob Hoskins Collection

Director: Jack Clayton, John MacKenzie, Neil Jordan

Cast: Bob Hoskins

This collection of four films starring British actor Bob Hoskins includes The Long Good Friday, Neil Jordan's Mona Lisa, The Raggedy Rawney, and The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne.Judith Hearne (Maggie Smith) is a middle-aged "maiden lady" piano teacher living in 1950s Dublin. Timid and self-deprecating, Judith permits herself to yearn


This collection of four films starring British actor Bob Hoskins includes The Long Good Friday, Neil Jordan's Mona Lisa, The Raggedy Rawney, and The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne.Judith Hearne (Maggie Smith) is a middle-aged "maiden lady" piano teacher living in 1950s Dublin. Timid and self-deprecating, Judith permits herself to yearn over her new boarding-house neighbor, hotel entrepreneur Bob Hoskins. Hoskins thinks that Judith has enough money to bankroll his latest scheme, so he decides to return her affections. Judith, blind to Hoskin's duplicity, convinces herself that she's finally found true love. The shattering of her illusions drives Judith to drink--and, unexpectedly, to a more fulfilling new life. Based on the novel by Brian Moore, The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne is typical of the "muted emotion" ouevre of director Jack Clayton.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.Bob Hoskins plays George, a tough but basically goodhearted British mob flunky, recently released from prison, where he'd served a term to cover up for his gangster boss (Michael Caine). Still willing to be everyone's doormat, George agrees to act as chauffeur for Simone (Cathy Tyson), a haughty, high-priced call girl. They don't like each other at first, but George begins to fall for her and take a protective interest. She implores him to help her find her only truly friend, a prostitute named Cathy (Kate Hardie). Touched by this devotion, George locates the girl, only to be chagrined to learn that Simone and Cathy are lovers. Hoskins is used and abused by so many people in Mona Lisa that when the worm finally does turn, you feel like cheering--even though it doesn't make him any happier. Director Neil Jordan cowrote this study of underworld mores with David Leland.Actor Bob Hoskins made his big-screen directorial debut with the British Raggedy Rawney. The time is World War II: a band of gypsies, roaming a country that looks and sounds suspiciously like England, give shelter to Dexter Fletcher, a soldier who has deserted an army comprised of plunderers and rapists. Gypsy leader Hoskins, confused by Fletcher's seemingly lunatic behavior (which can be explained in the context of the picture) becomes convinced that the deserter is conjuring powers that will bring his tribe good luck. The exact opposite happens, leaving Hoskins and his followers at the mercy of the marauding army. The film has the logic of a horrible dream, but it isn't exactly a horror tale. It has moments of offbeat humor, but it's not a comedy. The characters and events are exaggerations of real life, but the film isn't a satire or lampoon. What, then, is Raggedy Rawny. Like we said at the beginning: Raggedy Rawny is the big-screen directorial debut of actor Bob Hoskins....

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
Image Entertainment
[Wide Screen]
[Dolby Digital Mono, Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bob Hoskins Darky,George,Harold Shand,James Madden
Maggie Smith Judith Hearne
Cathy Tyson Simone
Dexter Fletcher Tom
Helen Mirren Victoria
Eddie Constantine Charlie
Michael Caine Mortwell
Wendy Hiller Aunt D'Arcy
Zoe Nathenson Jessie
Dave Hill Lamb
Dave King Parky
Marie Kean Mrs. Rice
Robbie Coltrane Thomas
Brian Hall Alan
Ian Dury Weasel
Ian McNeice Bernard Rice
Kate Hardie Cathy
Clarke Peters Anderson

Technical Credits
Bob Hoskins Director
Jack Clayton Director
John MacKenzie Director
Neil Jordan Director

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Bob Hoskins Collection / The Long Good Friday
   Play Feature
      English SDH
      Subtitles: None
Disc #2 -- Bob Hoskins Collection / Mona Lisa
   Play Movie
      English SDH
      Subtitles: None
Disc #3 -- Bob Hoskins Collection / The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne
      English SDH
      Subtitles: None
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Disc #4 -- Bob Hoskins Collection / The Raggedy Rawney
   Play Feature
      English SDH
      Subtitles: None
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