The Long Good Friday (1980)

The Long Good Friday (1980)
  • Time: 114 min
  • Genre: Crime | Drama | Mystery
  • Director: John Mackenzie
  • Cast: Bob Hoskins, Helen Mirren, Dave King


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.

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  • “The Long Good Friday” is about an English crime mogul on the cusp of sealing a deal with the American Mafia whose organization becomes the target of assassins and bombs. The film is distinctly British not only with its London setting, but in that it features strong accents and British slang which viewers outside the U.K. may grapple with. It features an excellent and addictive synthesizer and jazz score from Francis Monkman.

    Bob Hoskins leads the cast with an energetic and gripping performance as crime mogul Harold Shand. Hoskins’ Shand is relentless and ruthless, but shows genuine lament at the loss of friends. Helen Mirren also deserves note as the classy but tough companion of Harold’s, Victoria, and the supporting performances are all solid. Look for Paul Freeman, who would later play French archaeologist Rene Belloq in “Raiders of the Lost Ark” and a young Pierce Brosnan in brief appearances. Brosnan has little time in the film and no lines, but still makes a strong impression.

    The film’s story has Harold desperately trying to discover the source of the attacks against his organization. There is an effective mystery with a number of twists that keeps the story strong throughout the film. Harold and his associates use strongarm and violent tactics while trying to solve the mystery. Sometimes the violence is very graphic, especially during two scenes, but it doesn’t seem out of place. The film’s ending is semi-ambiguous yet a perfect way to end this great film.

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