The Long Good Friday

The Long Good Friday

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In the late 1970s, Cockney crime boss Harold Shand, a gangster trying to become a legitimate property mogul, has big plans to get the American Mafia to bankroll his transformation of a derelict area of London into the possible venue for a future Olympic Games. However, a series of bombings targets his empire on the very weekend the Americans are in town. Shand is convinced there is a traitor in his organisation, and sets out to eliminate the rat in typically ruthless fashion.

1980Rating: R114 minsUK
CrimeDramaMystery

The Long Good Friday | Reviews

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The New York Times

The New York Times

The Long Good Friday has a lot to recommend it, chiefly in the fine performances of Bob Hoskins... and Helen Mirren...

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Little White Lies

Little White Lies

(Hoskins') Harold Shand is an exactingly poured, mixed and shaken molotov cocktail of hope and despair...

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Slant Magazine

Slant Magazine

As a collage of glossy gangster conventions and one-liners, The Long Good Friday explodes with energy...

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

Keeffe's script is a marvellously crafted piece of writing.

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BBC

BBC

Hoskins is a seething ball of ambition and aggression; part strutting Napoleon, part Reggie Kray, while Mirren and Constantine offer customary sterling support.

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

I have rarely seen a movie character so completely alive.

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The Times

The Times

Although The Long Good Friday is firmly rooted in a very different era the film still feels fresh and uncompromisingly tough.

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Time Out

Time Out

Has a shaky, peculiarly British charm that still makes it irresistible.

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