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The Long Good Friday

Release date: Friday March 27 2015

Overrated thriller, often ludicrously compared to the only superficially similar Performance. About an East End gangland leader, with plans to develop the Docklands with the help of organised crime from overseas, who sees his empire threatened with extinction after a number of disasters are inflicted on him by mysterious rivals, it certainly manages to create a more convincing and contemporarily relevant London underworld than is usually seen in movies; and there's no denying the charismatic quality of Hoskins' slightly mannerised and stereotypical characterisation of yer typical Cockney 'ood. But the gangsters' connections with Mafia, IRA, big business and so on, are paraded like the latest fashions rather than examined, and the admittedly well-constructed set pieces are all too often diminished in effect by the uninspired camera-work.

Release details

Rated: 18
Release date: Friday March 27 2015
Duration: 114 mins

Cast and crew

Director: John MacKenzie
Screenwriter: Barrie Keeffe
Cast: Bob Hoskins
Helen Mirren
Dave King
Bryan Marshall
Derek Thompson
Eddie Constantine
Brian Hall
Stephen Davis
Pierce Brosnan

Average User Rating

1.9 / 5

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E A Dobson

I agree it`s overrated and very badly dated unlike Get Carter which holds up very well indeed.Still worth watching especially for Hoskins & Mirren.

E A Dobson

I agree it`s overrated and very badly dated unlike Get Carter which holds up very well indeed.Still worth watching especially for Hoskins & Mirren.

Will B

Completely agree with your review. Why this dull and badly scripted film has reached such acclaim beyond me.

Will B

Completely agree with your review. Why this dull and badly scripted film has reached such acclaim beyond me.