The Long Good Friday (1982)

The Long Good Friday



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Movie Info

In a gripping and often violent drama about the London underworld and the Irish Republican Army, a leading gangster comes up against more than he can handle. Harold (Bob Hoskins) is a powerful mob boss whose turf covers the London waterfront and sizeable amounts of cash. Harold guarantees the security of a major land development project that involves a large investment from U.S. corporations. Just when everything seems to be going as it should, the Easter weekend dawns and Harold's right-hand … More

Rating: R
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Barrie Keeffe
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On DVD: Dec 1, 1998


as Harold Shand

as Victoria

as Parky

as 1st Irishman

as Erroll

as Irish Youth

as Razors

as 2nd Irishman

as Jack

as Boston

as Boy under car

as Waiter Ricardo

as Commissionaire

as Captain Death

as O'Flaherty
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Critic Reviews for The Long Good Friday

All Critics (28) | Top Critics (5)

Has a shaky, peculiarly British charm that still makes it irresistible.

Full Review… | June 15, 2015
Time Out
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | August 19, 2008
Top Critic

The admittedly well-constructed set pieces are all too often diminished in effect by the uninspired camera-work.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Though its plot contains much that's new, The Long Good Friday is a swift, sharp-edged gangster story in a classic mold.

Full Review… | August 30, 2004
New York Times
Top Critic

The simple, almost Shakespearean moral is that nefarious deeds breed a climate of contempt, and that any success will always be tainted.

Full Review… | June 23, 2015
Little White Lies

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.

Luke Baldock

Super Reviewer

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.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

Bob Hoskins, Helen Mirren and a kick-ass ending.

Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

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