The Long Good Friday (1982)
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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
Apr 2, 1982 Wide
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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.
The admittedly well-constructed set pieces are all too often diminished in effect by the uninspired camera-work.
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.
Though its plot contains much that's new, The Long Good Friday is a swift, sharp-edged gangster story in a classic mold.
The screw-turning plot is great fodder for Hoskins and Mirren, who expertly calibrate their stressed-out character arcs. [Blu-ray]
Its representation of Christ's modern-day doppelganger as a grubby little crimelord is certainly compelling.
John Mackenzie directs this cornerstone of the British gangster genre with a minimum of flash and a dash of grim realism.
Explosive and original.
Hoskins sometimes manages to elevate the picture's generally diffuse drama to Shakespearean levels.
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.
Audience Reviews for The Long Good Friday
- 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.
- Harold Shand: Who's having a go at me? Can you think of anyone who might have an old score to settle or something?
- Razors: Who's big enough to take you on?
- Harold Shand: Well, there was a few.
- Razors: Like who?
- Harold Shand: [thinks for a second] ...Yeah. They're all dead.
- Harold Shand: Alan found him dying. He'd been nailed to the floor.
- Jeff Hughes: When was this, then?
- 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?
- Erroll: Is something up with him [Eric], then?
- 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.
- Harold Shand: I'm setting up the biggest deal in Europe with the hardest organization since Hitler stuck a swastika on his jockstrap.
- Charlie: We don't deal with gangsters. Period.
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