In the savage and deadly world of the gangland king, the man at the top is ruler, only for as long as he controls everything in his territory. For that man, the rewards can be infinite, but so are the dangers. Harold Shand (Bob Hoskins) is enjoying the height of his powers, and he is on the verge of something that would make his current 'arrangements' small fry. But stronger forces than even he can control have moved in and taken over. Climaxing in one long and bloody day of terror, an Easter Good Friday, he is to see his empire begin to crack and crumble.
The bees knees
- The Long Good Friday review by PT
A classic Brit gangster. Harold Shand is on the verge of sealing a partnership with the Mafia. But trouble starting with the murder of one of his crew escalates into more and more trouble. Shand is oblivious to why this trouble has started against his firm, and he's determined that he must stamp it out quick so as not to put his new Mafia connections off .
"Somebody must know something". Shand is in a race against time to quell this mayhem. Will he get to the bottom of it, will he keep the Mafia deal?
Superb performance from Hoskins, supported brilliantly by his loyal wife Helen Mirren. The dialogue is top notch, with loads of quoteable gems.
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A well-paced British thriller
- The Long Good Friday review by PJ
This is a good film, which has become a 'classic' of British cinema. Although it is firmly rooted in the late 1970s/ 1980s, in terms of themes, atmosphere, music, etc., the acting and the story are good. Bob Hoskins' performance is excellent: don't miss the tirade in the Savoy towards the end of the movie -- if only for that scene, the film would be worth watching!
The film mixes tension, ambiguity, violence and humour in a very British way. Highly recommended.