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Release Date:
2 April 1982 (USA) See more »
Who lit the fuse that tore Harold's world apart? See more »
Harold, a prosperous English gangster, is about to close a lucrative new deal when bombs start showing up in very inconvenient places... See more » | Full synopsis »
Nominated for BAFTA Film Award. Another 3 wins See more »
User Reviews:
One of the finest British films ever made. No arguments, no excuses. See more (129 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Bob Hoskins ... Harold Shand

Helen Mirren ... Victoria
Dave King ... Parky
Bryan Marshall ... Harris
Derek Thompson ... Jeff

Eddie Constantine ... Charlie

Paul Freeman ... Colin
Leo Dolan ... Phil

Kevin McNally ... Irish Youth
Patti Love ... Carol Benson

P.H. Moriarty ... Razors
Ruby Head ... Harold's Mother
Charles Cork ... Eric
Olivier Pierre ... Chef

Pierce Brosnan ... 1st Irishman
Daragh O'Malley ... 2nd Irishman
Karl Howman ... David
Brian Hall ... Alan

Alan Ford ... Jack
Dave Ould ... Don
Paul Kember ... Ginger
Bill Moody ... Boston
Alan Devlin ... Priest
Stephen Davies ... Tony
Bruce Alexander ... Mac
Nigel Humphreys ... Dave
Brian Hayes ... Pool Attendant
Georgie Phillips ... Eugene
Mary Sheen ... Lil
Pauline Melville ... Dora
Trevor Laird ... Boy Under Car

Paul Barber ... Erroll

Dexter Fletcher ... Kid
Billy Cornelius ... Pete (as Bill Cornelius)
Ryan Michael ... Waiter Ricardo
Robert Walker ... Jimmy
Nick Stringer ... Billy
Gillian Taylforth ... Sherry
Robert Hamilton ... Flynn
James Ottaway ... Commissionaire (as James Ottoway)

Roy Alon ... Captain Death

Tony Rohr ... O'Flaherty
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Harry Fielder ... Policeman (uncredited)
Ralph Morse ... Congregationalist (uncredited)
Alan Talbot ... Sniper (uncredited)

Directed by
John Mackenzie 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Barrie Keeffe 

Produced by
Chris Griffin .... associate producer
Barry Hanson .... producer
George Harrison .... executive producer (uncredited)
Denis O'Brien .... executive producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Francis Monkman 
Cinematography by
Phil Meheux 
Film Editing by
Mike Taylor 
Casting by
Simone Reynolds 
Art Direction by
Vic Symonds 
Costume Design by
Tudor George 
Makeup Department
Colin Jamison .... hair stylist
Freddie Williamson .... makeup artist
Production Management
Brian Burgess .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Matthew Binns .... third assistant director
Simon Hinkly .... assistant director
Art Department
Carlotta Barrow .... assistant art director
Ron Coleman .... construction manager
Glynn Kelly .... assistant art director
Peter Palmer .... property master
Sound Department
Russ Hill .... sound editor
David John .... sound recordist
Hugh Strain .... dubbing mixer
Special Effects by
Graham Aikman .... special effects
Steve Hamilton .... special effects technician
David Harris .... special effects technician
Ian Wingrove .... special effects
Roy Alon .... stunt coordinator
Vic Armstrong .... stunts
Marc Boyle .... stunts
Tim Condren .... stunts
Jack Cooper .... stunts
Jim Dowdall .... stunts
Terry Forrestal .... stunts
Frank Henson .... stunts
Terence Plummer .... stunts
Bill Weston .... stunts
Roy Alon .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Billy Brooks .... chief electrician
Paul Jordan .... clapper loader
Mike Proudfoot .... camera operator
David Shillingford .... camera focus (as Dave Shillingford)
Ken Wainman .... still photographer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Mike Jarvis .... wardrobe master
Editorial Department
Michael Feinberg .... assistant editor (as Mike Feinberg)
Peter Spenceley .... assistant editor
Frederick Wilson .... post-production
Music Department
Graham Walker .... music coordinator
Transportation Department
Howard Pugh .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Richard Booz .... unit car
Mary Comberbach .... assistant to producer
Peter Elford .... location manager
Penny Eyles .... continuity
Sally Shewring .... production assistant
Sue Wall .... production accountant
Martin Denning .... consultant (uncredited)

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114 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:R | Australia:MA (cable TV rating) | Finland:K-16 (cut) (1989) (VHS) | Finland:K-16 (cut) (1981) (theatrical release) | France:12 | Iceland:16 | Norway:16 (1981) | Portugal:M/16 | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:X (original rating) | UK:18 (video rating) (1987) | USA:R | West Germany:18

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Apparently, real life gangsters attended the filming.See more »
Continuity: Blood on Harold's shirt after his final "altercation" with Jeff. In the cabin the blood only comes to 2 or 3 buttons down from the top, when he leaves the boat it's up to his top button.See more »
[first lines]
Colin:Two large Bushmills, please, darlin'.
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Movie Connections:
Featured in The EE British Academy Film Awards (2014) (TV)See more »


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78 out of 89 people found the following review useful.
One of the finest British films ever made. No arguments, no excuses., 13 November 2001
Author: TC Raymond from England

At the time of writing this, I've just been thoroughly impressed by a rare British TV screening of 'The Long Good Friday', a gripping, bleak and uncompromising study of a supposedly untouchable underworld kingpin whose organization collapses around his ears when a mystery adversary begins murdering his colleagues and blowing up his favourite haunts. Bob Hoskins is just incredible in this film. His performance sears the screen with its burning intensity. His character is undoubtedly a vile individual, but Hoskins employs so much depth and subtlety in his portrayal we actually find ourselves caring for him. The much-remarked-on final sequence is an absolute tour-de-force that takes your breath away. Doubtful whether any current director (let alone any current actor) would have the guts to even attempt something like that. Hoskins makes it all look so easy, the mark of a true professional. Be warned, however, that this is not a film for the faint-hearted, and the squeamish will most certainly wince more than once. The direction, editing, photography, soundtrack and acting are all top-notch, displaying a rare degree of outright quality that the British film industry rarely seems able to muster, for one reason or another. There's also some degree of fun to be had from spotting the familiar faces in the supporting cast - 'Charlie Fairhead' from Casualty, 'Denzil' from Only Fools and Horses, 'Terry' from Fawlty Towers, a couple of the sadistic warders from Alan Clarke's brutal borstal flick 'Scum' and a young Gillian Taylforth of Eastenders fame. I have one final comment to make regarding this movie. Guy Ritchie should be forced to watch this at least fifteen times in a row, in the vain hope that it teaches him something about the genre he idolizes but seems unable to make a decent job of depicting. Watch and learn, all you young 'mockney' pretenders, this film is the work of the masters.

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