MOVIE REVIEWS - The Long Good Friday

The late Bob Hoskins in The Long Good FridayThe late Bob Hoskins in The Long Good Friday
The late Bob Hoskins in The Long Good Friday
A THOROUGHLY merited re-release of John Mackenzie’s seminal 1980 gangster flick starring Bob Hoskins in his first leading role.

Harold Shand, a gangster with dreams of busines respectability, entertains the rich and powerful and has several heavyweight political figures in his back pocket.

During negotiations which would form an unbeatable Anglo-American criminal underworld stretching across the Atlantic, Harold comes under attack from a shadowy syndicate, which begins to systematically blow apart his business empire ruins.

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Shocked and surprised anyone would dare challenge his authority, Harold marshals his forces to learn the identity of his rivals, and exact a terrible and bloody revenge.

The Long Good Friday boasts one of Hoskins’ best performances as the entrepreneur-turned-gangster struggling to keep in check his volcanic temper.

When Harold does finally explode, he is nothing short of terrifying.

This powerhouse portrayal of a fallen angel, undone by his own arrogance, is complemented by Helen Mirren’s delightfully sexy and intelligent girlfriend.

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Throw in a vibrant score which builds ominous rhythms one on top of another as the threat of bloodshed and retribution escalates into all-out carnage, and you have a film which ranks as undoubtedly one of 20th century British cinema’s most visecral and compelling films.

Check your local cinema for show times.