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The Long Good Friday [DVD]

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  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • London underworld gangster Harold Shand controls a criminal empire built on every vice except narcotics. Even his gun moll, Victoria, is a vision of class. For his next racket, Shand plans to buy up moribund London dock yards and redevelop them for the 1988 olympics. Yet on Good Friday when Shand meets with an American Mafia chief to seal their financial partnership, somebody kills two of his right-hand men, attempts to murder his mother, and blows his favorite pub to high heaven. Directed by John Mackenzie and written by Barrie Keefe, this engaging complicated melodrama shows a man trying to control his animal urges and to act like a civic minded business man. He detests anarchy and tries to use violence only as a tool. Eventually he is doomed because his brand of capitalism can't defend itself against the terrorism of the IRA.

    Code: QZZQ

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  • Credits
    Bob Hoskins, Helen Mirren, Eddie Constantine, Dave King, Bryan Marshall, Derek Thompson, Paul Freeman
  • Critic Reviews
    "...[An] absorbing, fast-paced narrative....Some nicely observed performances..."
    Variety

    "...THE LONG GOOD FRIDAY is a swift, sharp-edged gangster story in a classic mold....Surprising, suspenseful drama..."
    New York Times

    "...The movie's IRA subplot makes it a juicy companion piece to John Boorman's great new Irish mob pic THE GENERAL..."
    USA Today

    "...This still holds up as one of the few British gangster films with the same intensity and drive as the best Hollywood has to offer..."
    Sight and Sound

    "Hoskins is pure fire. It's the signature performance in a criminally underappreciated career." -- Grade: A
    Entertainment Weekly

    5 stars out of 5 -- "John MacKenzie's masterful thriller features a career-best performance from Bob Hoskins..."
    Total Film

    "A brilliant and often overlooked gangster film....Filled to the brim with pure grit and ear-bending cockney slang, this is a tense journey with outstanding performances from the entire cast."
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