The Long Good Friday


Action / Crime / Drama / Mystery / Thriller

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 95%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 89%
IMDb Rating 7.7 10 16175


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Pierce Brosnan as 1st Irishman
Helen Mirren as Victoria
Bob Hoskins as Harold Shand
1.84 GB
23.976 fps
1hr 54 min
P/S 2 / 19

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Stephen Pearce 10 / 10

The Godfather of all British Gangster films

Without question "The Long Good Friday"is not just the greatest British gangster film ever but also one of the best gangster films of all time.

The story of London gangster Harold Shand(an astonishing central performance from the late,great Bob Hoskins)and the fight to save his empire from outside forces is a true classic...and it still is even today.

Add to that an excellent supporting performance from Helen Mirren as Harold's wife Victoria,a great script from Barrie Keeffe and an excellent music score from Francis Monkman and it all adds up to a real treat.

I mean if the great Martin Scorsese rates this film highly that it must be doing something right.

Reviewed by christopher-underwood 8 / 10

Helen Mirren is exceptional here

I was drawn to watching this again, partly because it was shot just before the whole Thames and Docklands redevelopment began, I'd recently rewatched Helen Mirren in Greenaway's, The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and her Lover and I had a Blu ray disc. The big surprise was how much I enjoyed the film. I don't remember holding it in much affection but was very impressed, not only with the shots of now disappeared dockland areas, but the way the film unfolds with much tension and constant surprises. The inclusion of references to the IRA ensure that this is not to be some ordinary London gangland film from the start and subsequent explosions keep this from being some petty tale of in fighting. Helen Mirren is exceptional here and very much helps to hold things together. There are some actors here who need steadying and she certainly seems to have great influence, even with Bob Hoskins, who can seem rather flat or alternatively over the top. Here he seems to take his cue from Mirren and gives one of his very best performances - till the very end, don't miss it! As in the Greenaway film, she again plays the gangster's moll although a good deal less trodden down in this one. Well worth watching, this keeps moving with great dialogue and visuals.

Reviewed by Leofwine_draca 10 / 10

Britain's gangster masterpiece; nothing else comes close

Years before the flashy show-off antics of LOCK, STOCK AND TWO SMOKING BARRELS came along, The Long Good Friday showed everyone how it was done - this classic movie easily beats GET CARTER into the top spot of "best British gangster movie ever made". Set over the course of a gruelling 48 hours, The Long Good Friday is an often tense, theatrical, and suspenseful thriller with an unusual plot - gangster Harold must turn detective, using his unorthodox methods, to discover who is responsible for a sudden campaign of violence against him. His methods include slashing up a well-known grass, hanging up suspects in an abattoir along with the carcasses, and committing unreasonable violence to all and sundry. The gangster is played by the one and only Bob Hoskins.

Now, I know a lot of people will not be convinced by the authenticity of Hoskins - probably best known to American audiences for his role in WHO KILLED ROGER RABBIT? - playing an East End gangster, but his role is a tour de force here and one he has not matched since. Hoskins creates a violent and unpleasant little man, but is never anything less than likable throughout - you come to sympathise with, and care for his character. Hoskins' superb acting - especially the well-remembered ending in the taxi, where he goes through 360 degrees of emotions using his facial expressions only - is something to behold and holds the film together throughout. On top of this, the excellent cast includes Helen Mirren as his long-suffering wife, a good supporting role from Derek Thompson (BBC1's mild-manned "Charlie" in CASUALTY) who is involved in the film's nastiest scene worthy of a video nasty, P.H. Moriarty as the imposing right-hand man Razors, and a cast seemingly populated by actors and actresses that would go on to achieve fame in later years (Gillian Taylforth, Dexter Fletcher, Paul Barber, Pierce Brosnan).

The movie has some spectacular set-pieces, usually involving exploding buildings which come as big surprises, as well as my favourite unexpected moment when two men are gunned out of a glass window on to a race track below. For the most part, the film is a detective story with tons of tension as time ticks down, and you can't keep your eyes off the screen. The last half an hour gives the opportunity for Hoskins to become king of the world, but you know it won't be long before it all comes crashing down for the offbeat and daring conclusion. A true classic, worth watching by all and sundry, this has a superb script full of genuinely witty humour, and a story and characters epic enough to make it feel like a Shakespearian tragedy.

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