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The Long Good Friday (1980)

The Long Good Friday
7.5 Rating
(101 ratings)
7.7 IMDB rating

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Bob Hoskins

Bob Hoskins

Harold Shand
Helen Mirren

Helen Mirren

Victoria
Dave King

Dave King

Parky
Leo Dolan

Leo Dolan

Phil


Written by
Barrie Keeffe

Barrie Keeffe



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4 years, 8 months ago at Apr 16 9:05
Considered by many as the very best British gangster film although often forgotten and even unknown to others. Maybe the reason is it getting lost in the deluge of 80s movie stars that began a new era of publicity and much publicized movies; or that the movie itself was strikingly new, blunt and too bold. Hoskins against fellow Brit actors too succumbed to the ultra-charms of the Michae1 Caines an... read more

A very awesome Long Good Friday!

4 years, 5 months ago at Jul 14 3:52
According to many, The Long Good Friday has been called the best British gangster film of all time as well as one of the best British films! Now after watching it, I am not surprised at all! Every single second was intense, dark and psychologically disturbing. I do have to say that it is a very underrated film that I feel should have earned more credit than it received (not so much the critics but... read more

A good movie

1 year, 1 month ago at Nov 12 22:30
Since this movie is considered a classic, arguably the best British gangster flick ever made, I was really eager to check it out. To be honest, I had a rather hard time to get into the whole thing though. I mean, the first 10 minutes were almost impossible to follow and then the rest of the movie was still rather hard to decipher. I mean, even the characters had no clue about what was going on and... read more
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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.
Release date: 2 April 1982
UPC: 715515009621
Crime (8), Gangster (8), Drama (8), Kidnapping (5), 1980 (4), 1980s (4), Murder (4), 1982 (3), Anger (3), Mourning (3), Face Slap (3), Plot Twist (3), Car (3), London England (2), Shot In The Chest (2), Exploding Car (2), Power (2), Gang War (2), Police Corruption (2), Terrorism (2)
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"First viewing - July 16th This was every bit as good as I'd been led to believe. Smart script, stellar cast, solid soundtrack, and just superb all around. Hoskins fully embodies his character to the point that he seems to be living it, not acting a part. And how many actors do that? I'll have to add this one to my collection so I can watch it at least a few more times. What a ride."


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"May 2 "The Yanks love snobbery. They really feel they've arrived in England if the upper class treats 'em like shit." I was shocked when I heard that Bob Hoskins died. I knew he had Parkinson's Disease, but his death was still unexpected. I was pretty disappointing to find out I've only seen five of his movies, (One of them was Son of the Mask unfortunately.) so I decided to watch this one because I wanted to see it for a while. While this movie starts off a little slow, I thought this was a"


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"Brittigangsteri putki jatkuu ja nyt siirryttiin ihan uusiin sfääreihin Bob Hoskinsin ja Helen Mirrenin seurassa. Ameriikan reisuilta palaava pisnismies Hoskins ja hänen organisaationsa joutuvat pommien kohteeksi, mutta kaikki ovat tietämättömiä kuka on näiden takana. Hoskinsin hampaiden puristelu on mukava seurata ja onhan tässä sellaista old-school henkeä myös mukana. Pierce Brosnan vilahtaa pikkuroolissa lipevänä tappajana. Ei ihan parhaimmistoa, mutta jotain siltä väliltä."


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The Long Good Friday

“I’m going to throw a word around that I don’t tend to do much: overrated. I think The Long Good Friday is an overrated British gangster film on the whole, but in the tiny details it does do some unique things and is blessed to have Bob Hoskins and Helen Mirren as the leads. When the film begins to get cumbersome, Hoskins and Mirren are there to work tiny miracles and save it.

I think much of the blame for the more lumbering choices in the film land squarely on director John Mackenzie’s shoulders. His indifferent camera work is a problem, but so is the choice to pull focus from Hoskins and Mirren trying to go legit. When we focus in on the character portrait of Harold Shand, Hoskins in his big break role, the film soars, and where we lose interest in when we move away from h” read more

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"The Long Good Friday (1980)Harold Shand 114 mins - 89% 88 0 1 "


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"Bob Hoskins plays a well-to-do English king of the mountain mob-boss who tries to legitimately enter into the world of business. However, even with the best of intentions at heart, he soon comes to realize that, just when he thought he was out, they pull him back in again. So I guess The Long Good Friday is kinda like the British version of The Godfather Part 3. And I mean that in a good way. "


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"7.12. Brittiläisen gangsterielokuvan klassikko pelotti minua etukäteen, koska odotin, että meno on ihan täysin Kummisetä. Onneksi The Long Good Friday kuljettaa juontaan mukavasti palasia ripotellen turvautumatta missään vaiheessa typeriin twisteihin. Tunnelma pysyy korkealla hyvin paljon italoroskaa muistuttavan soundtrackin ansiosta. Bob Hoskins ja Helen Mirren ovat erinomaisia päärooleissa, ja Eddie Constantine tihkuu karismaa."


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johanlefourbe posted a review 1 year, 1 month ago

A good movie

“Since this movie is considered a classic, arguably the best British gangster flick ever made, I was really eager to check it out. To be honest, I had a rather hard time to get into the whole thing though. I mean, the first 10 minutes were almost impossible to follow and then the rest of the movie was still rather hard to decipher. I mean, even the characters had no clue about what was going on and it started to grow thin after a while. Of course, in the last 10-20 minutes, you finally find out what was going one and, in retrospective, it was actually rather obvious. So, in my opinion, even though the plot was entertaining, it wasn’t really amazing though. Still, it doesn’t mean it was a bad movie, far from it. Indeed, the directing was solid, the music was not bad (which is quite remar” read more

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"The Moment: Every emotion under the sun plays out on Bob Hoskins’ face as he realises that his limo driver (one Pierce Brosnan) is going to kill him. Only In The '80s: ...would an audacious long-take close-up be soundtracked by disco music. If It Was Made Today: The kids would assume it was a Guy Ritchie rip-off, and not vice versa."


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