The Long Good Friday (1982)

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 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.
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Bob Hoskins
as Harold Shand
Helen Mirren
as Victoria
Leo Dolan
as Phil
Patti Love
as Carol
Dave King
as Parky
Pierce Brosnan
as 1st Irishman
Alan Devlin
as Priest
Kevin McNally
as Irish Youth
Brian Hall
as Alan
P.H. Moriarty
as Razors
Daragh O'Malley
as 2nd Irishman
Karl Howman
as David
Alan Ford
as Jack
Paul Kernber
as Ginger
Bill Moody
as Boston
Trevor Laird
as Boy under car
Ryan Michael
as Waiter Ricardo
James Ottaway
as Commissionaire
Roy Alon
as Captain Death
Tony Rohr
as O'Flaherty
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Critic Reviews for The Long Good Friday

All Critics (27) | 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 18, 2008
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | February 8, 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
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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
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 22, 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
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
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

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

Randy Tippy
Randy Tippy

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