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The Long Good Friday (1980)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Mystery  |  2 April 1982 (USA)
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Harold, a prosperous English gangster, is about to close a lucrative new deal when bombs start showing up in very inconvenient places. A mysterious syndicate is trying to muscle in on his ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dave King ...
Bryan Marshall ...
Derek Thompson ...
Leo Dolan ...
Irish Youth
Patti Love ...
Carol Benson
Ruby Head ...
Harold's Mother
Charles Cork ...
Olivier Pierre ...
1st Irishman


Harold, a prosperous English gangster, is about to close a lucrative new deal when bombs start showing up in very inconvenient places. A mysterious syndicate is trying to muscle in on his action, and Harold wants to know who they are. He finds out soon enough, and bloody mayhem ensues. Written by Marty Cassady <>

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2 April 1982 (USA)  »

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Du sang sur la Tamise  »

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Derek Thompson receives an "introducing" credit See more »


In the last scene of the movie, Bob Hoskins gets into the left rear passenger seat of the car. When Pierce Brosnan pops up from the front passenger seat, he looks toward the vacant right rear passenger seat pointing his gun in that direction rather than at Hoskins. He continues looking in the wrong direction for the entire scene. See more »


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Modest British gangster pic with star performance
14 October 2002 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

A London gangster boss takes a short break abroad and returns to find someone has it in for him.

The film that took Bob Hoskins from minor British actor to Hollywood and the rest of the cast back to mainstream British television. Helen Mirren proves she is one of the few actresses that can play tough and sexy at the same time.

This modest budget film is quite clever. It wears the clothes of a gangster film but is actually a violent whodunit. The setting of London gives it novelty and like all British pictures it has an array of small parts played with gusto by local actors.

The film seems to borrow from real events (at one time the Mafia did want to bring gambling junkets over to London) but is mostly a work of fiction. Also curious is that it seems to give the impression that police corruption is rife which is not true of the late 70's. But this at least helps us understand Hoskins power.

This is not to be missed if you are a fan of gangster films and want a change of scenery. Hoskins performance alone is worth the price of admission and look out for Pierce Brosnan at the end in a non-speaking role.

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