The Long Good Friday (1982)
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Critic Reviews for The Long Good Friday
Has a shaky, peculiarly British charm that still makes it irresistible.
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.
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.
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.
Bob Hoskins, Helen Mirren and a kick-ass ending.
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|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:||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.|
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