The Long Good Friday (1980) 4.14/5 (1)


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Rating: The Good – 88.7
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Duration: 114 mins
Director: John Mackenzie
Stars: Bob Hoskins, Helen Mirren, Dave King

The best British gangster movie bar none, The Long Good Friday boasts a truly mesmeric performance from Bob Hoskins as the top boss of the London underworld who, on the eve of a gigantic real estate deal, is compromised by a series of sinister attacks on his men and properties. Hoskins’ multi-layered portrayal of Harold Shand begins by showing us an almost genial and wise cockney gangster who behaves like a father-figure to his men. However, as the pressure builds throughout the film we see more and more of his dark side and learn exactly how he managed to rise to such a prominent position in the London underworld. This is a fantastically stylish film with great writing and a wonderful score which helps to set a keen pace to the action. The night time shots of London’s backstreets are sumptuous and provide the backdrop to one of the greatest closing scenes you’ll ever see as Hoskins finishes off this tour de force effort in spellbinding manner. Pure Class.

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