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The Long Good Friday

The Long Good Friday (1982)

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Critic Reviews: 4
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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

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Mystery & Suspense, Drama

Barrie Keeffe

Dec 1, 1998

Paragon

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In many respects a conventional thriller set in London's underworld, The Long Good Friday is much more densely plotted and intelligently scripted than most such yarns.

August 19, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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The admittedly well-constructed set pieces are all too often diminished in effect by the uninspired camera-work.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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I have rarely seen a movie character so completely alive. Shand is an evil, cruel, sadistic man. But he's a mass of contradictions, and there are times when we understand him so completely we almost feel affectionate.

October 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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Though its plot contains much that's new, The Long Good Friday is a swift, sharp-edged gangster story in a classic mold.

August 30, 2004 Full Review Source: New York Times
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A conventional Brit thriller that's moderately entertaining.

March 1, 2014 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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The screw-turning plot is great fodder for Hoskins and Mirren, who expertly calibrate their stressed-out character arcs. [Blu-ray]

August 29, 2010 Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews
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Its representation of Christ's modern-day doppelganger as a grubby little crimelord is certainly compelling.

September 20, 2007 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

John Mackenzie directs this cornerstone of the British gangster genre with a minimum of flash and a dash of grim realism.

April 6, 2006 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Explosive and original.

November 6, 2005
ColeSmithey.com

British crime-drama pivots on Bob Hoskins' great performance.

November 7, 2002 Full Review Source: Netflix
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Hoskins sometimes manages to elevate the picture's generally diffuse drama to Shakespearean levels.

March 5, 2002 Full Review Source: MovieMartyr.com
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A touchstone for many of the sub-standard gangster films Britain mercilessly churns out today, The Long Good Friday is classy fare and superior viewing to its modern counterparts in every way.

April 17, 2001 Full Review Source: BBC.com
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The Long Good Friday boasts a smart, streetwise script by Barrie Keefe to go along with a handful of incendiary performances.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
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Audience Reviews for The Long Good Friday

The Long Good Friday is Hoskins' break out performance and it's no surprise as to why. He inhabits the role of Harold Shand with such passion that we are completely swept along with him. Harold Shand is a gangster and businessman. As he approaches making a lucrative deal with some Americans, a number of his crew are taken out via stabbings and bombs. He and his gang must find the culprits before the Americans are scared off. It's a race against time but with no real heroes. We feel for the character of Shand but at no point are asked to excuse or support him. The score is beautiful, in an old electronic kind of way, it does set the scene and builds up exciting moments. The sound design is also often exaggerated but in a way that it brings added and important emphasis to certain scenes. Director Mackenzie also likes to get experimental at times, but only when it really serves the plot, such as the upside down meat truck scene. It's a great film that warns against greed and corruption, but is also littered with memorable dialogue.
August 21, 2012
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Well deserving of its many accolades, Friday is one cheery holiday weekend with Brit crimelord Bob Hoskins (in a juggernaut performance worthy of all the gangster greats) as his world crumbles all around him. Helen Mirren lends able support (one of the best I've seen her in) and Pierce Brosnan also makes a brief appearance. Great writing showcases this 1981 thrill ride.
May 9, 2012
ApeneckFletcher

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Bob Hoskins, Helen Mirren and a kick-ass ending.
April 19, 2012
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At the time of writing this, I've just been thoroughly impressed by a rare British TV screening of 'The Long Good Friday', a gripping, bleak and uncompromising study of a supposedly untouchable underworld kingpin whose organization collapses around his ears when a mystery adversary begins murdering his colleagues and blowing up his favourite haunts. Bob Hoskins is just incredible in this film. His performance sears the screen with its burning intensity. His character is undoubtedly a vile individual, but Hoskins employs so much depth and subtlety in his portrayal we actually find ourselves caring for him. The much-remarked-on final sequence is an absolute tour-de-force that takes your breath away. Doubtful whether any current director (let alone any current actor) would have the guts to even attempt something like that. Hoskins makes it all look so easy, the mark of a true professional. Be warned, however, that this is not a film for the faint-hearted, and the squeamish will most certainly wince more than once. The direction, editing, photography, soundtrack and acting are all top-notch, displaying a rare degree of outright quality that the British film industry rarely seems able to muster, for one reason or another. There's also some degree of fun to be had from spotting the familiar faces in the supporting cast - 'Charlie Fairhead' from Casualty, 'Denzil' from Only Fools and Horses, 'Terry' from Fawlty Towers, a couple of the sadistic warders from Alan Clarke's brutal borstal flick 'Scum' and a young Gillian Taylforth of Eastenders fame. I have one final comment to make regarding this movie. Guy Ritchie should be forced to watch this at least fifteen times in a row, in the vain hope that it teaches him something about the genre he idolizes but seems unable to make a decent job of depicting. Watch and learn, all you young 'mockney' pretenders, this film is the work of the masters.
February 10, 2011
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    1. Harold Shand: I'm not a politician; I'm a businessman, with a sense of history; and I'm also a Londoner. And today is a day of great historical significance for London. Our country's not an island any more. We're a leading European state. And I believe this is the decade London will become Europe's capital.
    – Submitted by Grahame W (2 years ago)
    1. Harold Shand: Who's having a go at me? Can you think of anyone who might have an old score to settle or something?
    2. Razors: Who's big enough to take you on?
    3. Harold Shand: Well, there was a few.
    4. Razors: Like who?
    5. Harold Shand: [thinks for a second] ...Yeah. They're all dead.
    – Submitted by Rich W (2 years ago)
    1. Harold Shand: Alan found him dying. He'd been nailed to the floor.
    2. Jeff Hughes: When was this, then?
    3. Harold Shand: Well, it must've been just after you saw him and just before Alan saw him. Otherwise, you'd have noticed, wouldn't you? I mean, a geezer nailed to the floor. A man of your education would definitely have spotted that, wouldn't he?
    – Submitted by Rich W (2 years ago)
    1. Erroll: Is something up with him [Eric], then?
    2. Harold Shand: Well, let's put it this way. Apart from his arsehole being about fifty yards away from his brains, and the choirboys playing 'hunt the thimble' with the rest of him, he ain't too 'appy.
    – Submitted by Rich W (2 years ago)
    1. Harold Shand: I'm setting up the biggest deal in Europe with the hardest organization since Hitler stuck a swastika on his jockstrap.
    – Submitted by Rich W (2 years ago)
    1. Charlie: We don't deal with gangsters. Period.
    – Submitted by Kevin P (2 years ago)
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