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The Long Good Friday (1980)

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An up-and-coming gangster is tested by the insurgence of an unknown, very powerful threat.

Director:

John Mackenzie

Writer:

Barrie Keeffe
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Freeman ... Colin
Leo Dolan Leo Dolan ... Phil
Kevin McNally ... Irish Youth
Patti Love Patti Love ... Carol
P.H. Moriarty ... Razors
Derek Thompson ... Jeff
Bryan Marshall Bryan Marshall ... Harris
Bob Hoskins ... Harold
Helen Mirren ... Victoria
Ruby Head Ruby Head ... Harold's Mother
Charles Cork Charles Cork ... Eric
Olivier Pierre Olivier Pierre ... Chef
Pierce Brosnan ... 1st Irishman
Daragh O'Malley Daragh O'Malley ... 2nd Irishman
Dave King ... Parky
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Storyline

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 <martyc@bev.net>

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Who lit the fuse that tore Harold's world apart? See more »


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R | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Handmade Films Website

Country:

UK

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

2 April 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Crni petak za gangstere See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The celebrated line: "There's a lot of dignity in that, going out like a raspberry ripple", was improvised by Bob Hoskins. The original line by Barrie Keeffe was "going out like a choc ice", but everyone agreed Hoskins' version was funnier. See more »

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The last shot of the swimming pool being drained is actually water coming in, but shown in reverse. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Colin: Two large Bushmills, please, darlin'.
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7 January 2007 | by penguini-2See all my reviews

"The Long Good Friday" was given a limited release in the U.S. but fortunately it opened in Los Angeles. Based on a very short synopsis in the L.A. Times, my wife made the 30-mile drive from Pasadena to Santa Monica and were rewarded with the best crime drama I've ever seen. This film is the perfect coming-together of writing, directing and acting to produce a cinematic gem. Nothing overblown and grandiose like "The Godfather" but a tight story that never bogs down, filled with real characters that stand out from the screen. We were introduced to Bob Hoskins and Helen Mirren and both of them have since provided us with some great performances on both large and small screens. I would definitely take this one to the proverbial desert island.


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