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Long Good Friday


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  Long Good Friday Review
Tookey's Rating
6 /10
 
Average Rating
8.07 /10
 
Starring
Bob Hoskins ([pictured right), Helen Mirren (pictured left), Eddie Constantine
 

Directed by: John Mackenzie
Written by: Barrie Keefe

 
 
 
Released: 1980
   
Genre: CRIME
THRILLER
   
Origin: GB
   
Length: 118
 
 


 

A gangland boss (Bob Hopkins) finds his organisation under threat from the IRA.

Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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Violent and melodramatic; but Barry Keefe's realistic dialogue holds up well, John Mackenzie's direction is cinematic given the budgetary constraints (and the fact that this film was originally intended for television). Hoskins's performance is Cagneyesque in its commitment and aggression.
“What we wanted to make was a really British gangster film. There’ve been a lot of attempts, but they usually end up as impersonations of American films.”
(Bob Hoskins)

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