The Long Good Friday
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In a gripping and often violent drama about the London underworld and the Irish Republican Army, a leading gangster comes up against more than he can handle. Harold (Bob Hoskins) is a powerful mob boss whose turf covers the London waterfront and sizeable amounts of cash. Harold guarantees the security of a major land development project that involves a large investment from U.S. corporations. Just when everything seems to be going as it should, the Easter weekend dawns and Harold's right-hand men are violently murdered while much of his property is blown up. Completely at a loss to explain… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 95%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"In many respects a conventional thriller set in London's underworld, The Long Good Friday is much more densely plotted and intelligently scripted than most such yarns."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Though its plot contains much that's new, The Long Good Friday is a swift, sharp-edged gangster story in a classic mold."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"Its representation of Christ's modern-day doppelganger as a grubby little crimelord is certainly compelling."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"British crime-drama pivots on Bob Hoskins' great performance."
‑ James Rocchi, Netflix
"The Long Good Friday boasts a smart, streetwise script by Barrie Keefe to go along with a handful of incendiary performances."
‑ Dan Jardine, Apollo Guide
"The admittedly well-constructed set pieces are all too often diminished in effect by the uninspired camera-work."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"A conventional Brit thriller that's moderately entertaining."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"John Mackenzie directs this cornerstone of the British gangster genre with a minimum of flash and a dash of grim realism."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Hoskins sometimes manages to elevate the picture's generally diffuse drama to Shakespearean levels."
‑ Jeremy Heilman,
"I have rarely seen a movie character so completely alive. Shand is an evil, cruel, sadistic man. But he's a mass of contradictions, and there are times when we understand him so completely we almost feel affectionate."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"The screw-turning plot is great fodder for Hoskins and Mirren, who expertly calibrate their stressed-out character arcs. [Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"Explosive and original."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"A touchstone for many of the sub-standard gangster films Britain mercilessly churns out today, The Long Good Friday is classy fare and superior viewing to its modern counterparts in every way."
‑ David Wood,
More reviews for The Long Good Friday on Rotten Tomatoes

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