The Long Good Friday
The Long Good Friday (1982)

John Mackenzie's masterfully directed British crime drama features a star-making performance by Bob Hoskins as Harold Shand, a successful London gangster whose world falls apart over the course of one weekend. Shand controls the London… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: April 2, 1982
DVD Release Date: December 1, 1998
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out

Has a shaky, peculiarly British charm that still makes it irresistible.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

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.

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Mark Kermode
Observer (UK)

Sheer brilliance.

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Variety Staff

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.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

Though its plot contains much that's new, The Long Good Friday is a swift, sharp-edged gangster story in a classic mold.

Adrian Turner
Radio Times

Both an explosively violent thriller and a sharp evocation of the enterprise culture of the time.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

The admittedly well-constructed set pieces are all too often diminished in effect by the uninspired camera-work.

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David Jenkins
Little White Lies

The simple, almost Shakespearean moral is that nefarious deeds breed a climate of contempt, and that any success will always be tainted.

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Peter Bradshaw

Hoskins' bullish, black-comic Napoleonism makes this movie: pugnacious, sentimental, a cockney Cagney.

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Flixster Audience Score: 89% Flixster User Reviews
Luke Baldock
The Long Good Friday is Hoskins' break out performance and it's no surprise as to why. He inhabits the role of Harold Shand with such passion that we… More
Cassandra Maples
At the time of writing this, I've just been thoroughly impressed by a rare British TV screening of 'The Long Good Friday', a gripping, bleak and… More
Kevin M. Williams
Well deserving of its many accolades, Friday is one cheery holiday weekend with Brit crimelord Bob Hoskins (in a juggernaut performance worthy of all the… More
Daniel Mumby
The Long Good Friday is part of a fascinating breed of films which are simultaneously of their time and completely ahead of the curve. It is the near-perfect… More
Randy Tippy
Bob Hoskins, Helen Mirren and a kick-ass ending.
Pierluigi Puccini
Hard-hitting and brutal. Only second to "get carter" in the podium of the best british gangster films. The short but fierce bulldog-like figure of Bob… More