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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.

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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 ... Carol
P.H. Moriarty ... Razors
Derek Thompson ... Jeff
Bryan Marshall ... Harris
Bob Hoskins ... Harold
Helen Mirren ... Victoria
Ruby Head Ruby Head ... Harold's Mother
Charles Cork ... Eric
Olivier Pierre Olivier Pierre ... Chef
Pierce Brosnan ... 1st Irishman
Daragh O'Malley ... 2nd Irishman
Dave King ... Parky
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Storyline

Harold (Bob Hoskins), 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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Official Sites:

Handmade Films Website

Country:

UK

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

2 April 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Long Good Friday See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

P.H. Moriarty and Alan Ford played the main villains in Guy Ritchie gangster movies. Moriarty in Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998), and Ford in Snatch (2000). See more »

Goofs

Savoy Court is the only street in the UK where vehicles must drive on the right. However, towards the end of the film, we see they are driving on the left. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Colin: Two large Bushmills, please, darlin'.
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Awesome!
28 July 2003 | by chanelit-1See all my reviews

This is the quintessential British gangster film, without a doubt. Bob Hoskins plays Harold Shand, a ruthless gangland boss whose empire suddenly starts crumbling before his eyes, over one Easter weekend. Shand goes to extraordinary lengths to find out just who's behind the slaughter, and why. Standout performances from all involved, especially Hoskins as Shand.

What makes the film so special is that it's played straight – not for laughs; there are no ‘mockney' accents or wide-boy routines here, just the serious business of bloody revenge.

Utterly compelling, I cannot really praise this enough; if you want to see a truly great British gangster film, watch this. Forgot Lock, Stock and the other pretenders, this is still very much the one to watch.


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