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

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... Colin
Leo Dolan ... Phil
... Irish Youth
Patti Love ... Carol
... Razors
... Jeff
Bryan Marshall ... Harris
... Harold
... Victoria
Ruby Head ... Harold's Mother
Charles Cork ... Eric
Olivier Pierre ... Chef
... 1st Irishman
... 2nd Irishman
... Parky
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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 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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What should have been the greatest day of Harold's life suddenly becomes the longest. See more »


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2 April 1982 (USA)  »

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Crni petak za gangstere  »

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Bob Hoskins and Dame Helen Mirren appeared in Last Orders (2001). She also wrote his obituary in The Guardian. See more »

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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 »

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[first lines]
Colin: Two large Bushmills, please, darlin'.
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Referenced in The Adam and Joe Show: Episode #3.5 (1999) See more »

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Outstanding Brit flick that stays with you
18 July 2005 | by See all my reviews

The Long Good Friday was and still is a great piece of British Cinema. After watching the film after a good many years it still holds the power to shock, amuse and thrill.

Bob Hoskins pulled off a performance comparable to James Cagney's tour de force in 'White Heat' as the tough London gangster whose empire starts to tumble, as he's trying to seal a massive development deal with the aid of the US Mafia in London's Docklands.

Helen Mirren gives an impressive performance as Hoskin's love interest, who basically calls the shots in Hoskin's organisation almost as much as he does. Her cool, tough performance putting her in good stead for the 'Prime Suspect' mini series which followed in the early nineties in the UK, where she played Lynda Le Plante's tough female detective Jane Tennyson.

The usual seventies film actors who play crooks turn up in this film, as do some fine character actors, including Dave King who plays a bent copper on Hoskin's pay roll and Bryan Marshall as the crooked councillor. One of the most memorable of the support cast is Derek Thompson, who would later go on to play Charlie Fairhead in BBC's long running 'Casualty' drama, who takes the 'Introducing' credit.

Also, look out for the actor who played 'Denzel' in Only fools and Horses, and a mute role for Pierce Brosnan before he went to the States to play Remington Steele.

A fine film, thats quick in pace, and excellently directed by John McKenzie, who will probably be always most remembered for this film.


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