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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 ... 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 ... Eric
Olivier Pierre Olivier Pierre ... Chef
Pierce Brosnan ... 1st Irishman
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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What should have been the greatest day of Harold's life suddenly becomes the longest. See more »


Certificate:

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

Bob Hoskins voice was dubbed over by a Wolverhampton actor, for fear Americans wouldn't understand his London accent. After Hoskins threatened to sue Jack Gill and British Lion (the original producers before HandMade bought the rights) the dubbing was removed. He was supported by Richard Burton, Sir Alec Guinness, and Warren Beatty. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[first lines]
Colin: Two large Bushmills, please, darlin'.
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Connections

Referenced in Top Gear: Episode #10.1 (2007) See more »

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CLASS!!!
21 November 2001 | by darth_sidiousSee all my reviews

What can I say? 2 hours of class! This is a film which pretty much tells it how it is. The gangster world is not glamour, it's not a world we should dream about being in.

This film is gritty and realistic, it's one of the best pictures ever to be released from the U.K.

Bob Hoskins is in terrific form here, so damn perfect. Helen Mirren is stunning, great actress and rather eye-catching!!!

Pierce Brosnan is hardly in the picture, he was unknown at the time. There are a few faces which you'll recognise, most of them appeared in famous British Television dramas!

The film setting is gritty and shows the real London underworld in the early Thatcher years.

The direction is confident as is the script, and by the end you'll realise that they had guts! The film score is wonderful, it's always in my head.

This film is class!


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