Saturday, 1 June 2013

80's Flashback: The Long Good Friday (1980)

Few will argue that The Long Good Friday is one of the finest British movies of the 80's, and possibly the greatest British gangster movie of all time.

Flying in from Concorde Harold Shand (Bob Hoskins) asks Jeff (Derek Thompson - Charlie Fairhead from Casualty) if everything has been ok. Jeff replies that everything has been fine. Oh Dear!

The Long Good Friday is one of those movies that kicks off the minute it starts and keeps you on the edge of your seat until the final shocking, and for many totally unexpected scenes.

The movie is a who's who guide of British talent including performances from Bob Hoskins, Helen Mirren, Karl Howman, Dexter Fletcher, Gillian Taylforth, P.H. Moriarty, Paul Freeman, Bryan Marshall and Pierce Brosnan.

In it's day it was an incredibly daring movie, that covered many grounds previously considered taboo in British cinema.

Violence is a strong factor in the movie, scenes include buttock slashing with a machete, and a throat attack courtesy of a whisky glass. Amazingly considering it's time in cinema, the movie was released completely without cuts and even went on to be shown on television a few years later without cuts.

I have written a number of extensive reviews on The Long Good Friday over the years on various websites, so won't bog down the internet with another. All I will say is give this movie a chance if you have not yet seen it, for its 33 years of age it's quite breathtaking.

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