Long Good Friday (Blu Ray)

Directed By: John Mackenzie Starring: Bob Hoskins Helen Mirren

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Product Overview

Entrepreneurial mob boss Harold Shand (Academy Award-nominee Bob Hoskins, Mona Lisa) runs an underworld empire but his dreams are much bigger. He and his sophisticated wife (Oscar-winner Helen Mirren, The Queen) aspire to partner with American mobsters to turn the barren docklands of London into a development for the upcoming Olympics. But their perfect plan begins to unravel when a string of deadly bombings leads Shand to the stunning realization that he is being targeted by the IRA. A bloody race to hold on to his crumbling schemes brings him to an explosive climax in this taut, riveting thriller.


Studio Image Entertainment
SKU 216008550
UPC 014381663556
UPC 14 00014381663556
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 8/24/2010
Essential Cinema
Organized Crime
Road To Ruin
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note John Mackenzie's rabidly engaging, complex gangster film concerns the demise of a dominant English racketeer, Harold (Bob Hoskins), who is about to change his image and go straight. While negotiating a deal with an American organized crime organization to develop the barren Docklands section of London, his associates begin to turn up dead, and the tough Cockney businessman realizes that getting out will be more difficult than he had anticipated. This extremely tight British thriller made Hoskins a star.
Plot Summary
Summary 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.
Variety "...[An] absorbing, fast-paced narrative....Some nicely observed performances..." 05/28/1980
New York Times "...THE LONG GOOD FRIDAY is a swift, sharp-edged gangster story in a classic mold....Surprising, suspenseful drama..." 04/02/1982 p.C12
USA Today "...The movie's IRA subplot makes it a juicy companion piece to John Boorman's great new Irish mob pic THE GENERAL..." 12/11/1998 p.8E
Sight and Sound "...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..." 08/01/2002 p.60
Entertainment Weekly "Hoskins is pure fire. It's the signature performance in a criminally underappreciated career." -- Grade: A 04/14/2006 p.69
Total Film 5 stars out of 5 -- "John MacKenzie's masterful thriller features a career-best performance from Bob Hoskins..." 10/01/2006 p.115
Premiere "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." 08/24/2010
John Mackenzie
Bob Hoskins
Helen Mirren
Cast & Crew
Dave King - Star
Bob Hoskins - Star
Helen Mirren - Star
Paul Freeman - Star
Eddie Constantine - Star
Bryan Marshall - Star
Derek Thompson - Star
Vic Symonds - Art Director
Barry Hanson - Producer
Francis Monkman - Composer
Mike Taylor - Editor
Phil Meheux - Director of Photography
Barrie Keeffe - Screenwriter
John Mackenzie - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1979
UPC 00014381663556
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 113 minutes
Color Color
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  1.85:1
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD
David Wood, BBC MacKenzie's film has a gritty realism which still exerts a powerful force.
Janet Maslin, New York Times A swift, sharp-edged gangster story in a classic mold.
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times I have rarely seen a movie character so completely alive.

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