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The Long Good Friday [1981] [DVD]

Bob Hoskins , Helen Mirren , Phil Meheux    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (132 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Bob Hoskins, Helen Mirren, Eddie Constantine, Dave King, Brian Hall
  • Directors: Phil Meheux
  • Producers: Francis Monkman
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: 19 Feb 2007
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (132 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000MGAW2I
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 33,736 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Intricately plotted and smartly paced, this gangster saga clicks as whodunit, social satire and explosive thriller. The piece is crowned by Bob Hoskins' career-making turn as a London mobster courting respectability and Helen Mirren's subtly detailed performance as his upper-crust mistress. Cockney wiseguy Harold Shand is a would-be burgher whose domination of the city's underworld stems from his shrewdness as a mediator and his skill at harnessing political and economic clout. As Easter approaches, he's poised to launch an aggressive real estate development scheme along the depressed Thames waterfront when all hell breaks loose: a trusted lieutenant is brutally murdered, Shand's mother is nearly killed in a car bombing, one of his pubs is blown apart and the visiting American don crucial to the pending deal is quickly growing wary.

Barrie Keeffe's original screenplay keeps the viewer a step ahead of Shand, providing us with a telling but teasingly incomplete glimpse of the misstep by his underlings that has set chaos loose. At the same time, Keeffe underlines the bourgeois pretensions of the rough-hewn, barrel-chested Shand, how the elegant Victoria (Mirren) helps serve those ambitions and the myriad parallels between Shand's minions and the local politicians and police only too willing to join in his scheme. Tart, funny dialogue and alternately playful and pungent Eastertide imagery complete Keeffe's shrewd design--two key scenes, in a meat locker and a warehouse, invoke the Crucifixion itself.

Even with lesser performances, the script and John Mackenzie's solid direction would make The Long Good Friday a keeper but Hoskins's explosive portrait of Shand and his descent toward brutal revenge elevates the film into the very front rank, earning admiring comparisons to TheGodfather, Scarface, GoodFellas and other classics of that genre. --Sam Sutherland

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mint unplayed but not sealed dvd with booklet as shown

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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top British Film 13 Sep 2006
By S J Buck TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
This film, together with Get Carter (the original) are the two finest British crime/gangster films you can get.

Bob Hoskins gives his best ever performance as Harold Shand a cockney gangster whos trying to do a deal with an American over the (as was then) wasteland of docklands. Unfortunately while he's in the states one of his gang has upset some rather nasty people. Upon his return things start to go badly wrong.

This film is full of great scenes - perhaps most memorably when the men Harold suspects are trying to muscle in on him are brought in hanging upsidedown from meathooks - Harold has a quiet word:

"For more than ten years there's been peace - everyone to his own patch. We've all had it sweet. I've done every single one of you favours in the past - I've put money in all your pockets. I've treated you well, even when you was out of order, right? Well now there's been an eruption. It's like f**kin' Belfast on a bad night. One of my closest friends is lyin' out there in the freezer. And believe me, all of you, nobody goes home until I find out who done it, and why".

Its all marvellously done, and the ending is very clever indeed - you will never forget it once you've seen it. The whole film is complimented by excellent music composed by Francis Monkman (who played with Curved Air and Sky).

Helen Mirren gives a great peformance as Harolds wife/girlfriend. The cast includes quite a few familiar faces such as Eddie Constantine and P H Moriarty as 'Razors'. The most noteable is a small role for the as then unknown Pierce Brosnan.

This film is also an interesting piece of British history as you can see docklands as it was before before Canary Wharf existed.

If you haven't already seen this, then you've missed a really cracking film.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Have a Bloody Mary 22 Oct 2002
By avl06 VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
This is a true classic, for so many reasons. It has telling things to say about the 80's in Britain, and it's a great London film, a cinematically unfamiliar London of the yet-to-be redeveloped Docklands - it stands on the threshold of something. At the same time it's a timeless, Shakesperean drama of ambition and power, politics and hubris. It moves at a cracking pace, and it it still has a visceral effect. Like most great films, the music adds a dimension, driving the film forward. And Hoskins. A bravura performance, a modern tragic hero, raging against the inevitable, never truly understanding his fate, until the incredible final scene. I saw this film years ago on tv, and its images have stayed with me; it's great to say that it is as fresh and involving now as I remembered it. And I have to say, the accident of fate that is Pierce Brosnan - with the hindsight of Bond, he looks as beautiful as the Angel of Death in this now.
DVD seems good, the commentary informative. A film for the library, with a DVD that does it justice.
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5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING 11 Feb 2001
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
This was the first British ganster movie I ever saw, and I was blown away by the acting, storyline, and direction.
The only film that can challenge this monster of a movie is Get Carter(1971)
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The number one Brit Ganster Movie 1 Feb 2009
By John Peter O'connor VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
Before this movie was released, with the exception of Michael Caine`s Get Carter, British gangster movies were little known around the world and even at home, they were little appreciated. With Harold Shand, a brash, rough pint sized gangster on the make, Bob Hoskins changed that and paved the way for a whole raft of gritty crime thrillers set in the British Isles. Although few of the later movies rose to the heights claimed by Caine and Hoskins.

Harold Shand is a London gangster from the old school, he is the man that the real life Kray twins might like to have been, bursting with ruthlessness, animal cunning, aggression, hubris, charisma and ambition he sets out to transform himself into a businessman cum developer who will succeed because the qualities that make him a good gangster will allow him to defeat any legitimate business rival. He is assisted by his girl Victoria (Helen Mirren) - several grades above the classic Barbera Windsor style of gangster`s moll - who understands her man`s strengths and weaknesses and gives him the support and guidance that he needs succeed without threatening his perceived alpha male dominance.

Shand`s big idea is to get in on the development on London`s docklands and to cash in on an upcoming bid to host the Olympic games. He turns to an American crime syndicate for backing and the movie is set on an Easter weekend when he is playing host to mobster Charlie (Eddie Constantine) and Tony (Stephen Davies), Charlie`s lawyer.

Harold`s plans start to come unstuck as his organization quakes under attack from an unknown enemy who is planting bombs and assassinating Harold`s men.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great British Gangster Flick 19 July 2014
Format:Blu-ray
This movie is a tour de force. A successful London gangster, played by the now sadly deceased Bob Hoskins, is attempting a joint business venture with the American mafia, to develop land in the East End of London, when his business empire comes under attack from an unknown enemy moving into his territory. Hoskins has never been better, he portrays the gang leader with a paradoxical combination of vicious tenacity and thoughtful introspection. Helen Mirren gives an equally fantastic performance as the gang leader's intelligent moll, who helps him to fight back against the vicious unknown terrorists who are tearing up his businesses. Why is this film so good? Hoskins and Mirren have wonderful on screen chemistry. The war between the London gang and the unknown thugs is brilliantly staged. The soundtrack is perfectly pitched and the cinematograph and direction are faultless. The scenes of night-time London are beautifully shot. One sequence, where Mirren is travelling about the West End in a taxi cab, accompanied by a gang member who is looking for an illicit fling with her, is a love letter to London, with a lovingly shot night-time view of the capital accompanied by the most gorgeous music. This is one of those rare films which seems to get better with repeat viewings, and although the Blu Ray transfer doesn't transform the film in the way that, say, The Warriors has been improved to startling effect, this is still money we'll spent.
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