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Format: Blu-Ray DVD
Sku: 216008550
UPC: 014381663556
UPC 14: 00014381663556
Sales Rank: 4877
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Who Lit the Fuse That Tore Harold's World Apart?
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.

"MacKenzie's film has a gritty realism which still exerts a powerful force.  David Wood, BBC
"A swift, sharp-edged gangster story in a classic mold.  Janet Maslin, New York Times
"I have rarely seen a movie character so completely alive.  Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

Editor's 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.

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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Image Entertainment
Video Release Date Release Date: 8/24/2010
Video Play Time Running Time: 113 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1979
Video UPC UPC: 00014381663556
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks:
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Widescreen  1.85:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Dave King
Video Cast Info Bob Hoskins
Video Cast Info Helen Mirren
Video Cast Info Paul Freeman
Video Cast Info Eddie Constantine
Video Cast Info Bryan Marshall
Video Cast Info Derek Thompson
Video Cast Info Vic Symonds - Art Director
Video Cast Info Barry Hanson - Producer
Video Cast Info Francis Monkman - Composer
Video Cast Info Mike Taylor - Editor
Video Cast Info Phil Meheux - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Barrie Keeffe - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info John Mackenzie - Director
Plot 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.

Professional Reviews

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

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