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THE LONG GOOD FRIDAY

Director: JOHN MACKENZIE

114 minutes, U.K., 1980, Colour, D-Cinema


This film was released on Friday 19th June 2015 and is no longer screening. 

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Underworld kingpin Harold Shand (the late, great Bob Hoskins) is a man in control. Having amassed his fortune, as well as acquiring numerous influential friends and a high-class mistress, Victoria (Helen Mirren), Harold now aspires to legitimacy. His intention is to redevelop the dilapidated London Docklands in anticipation of the city hosting the 1988 Olympics, a financial undertaking backed by the American Mafia.

However, on the weekend that Harold must impress a Mafia representative, his empire is attacked by an unknown foe, with his closest associates murdered and his businesses bombed. Enraged at this frontal assault on his empire, Harold goes on a bloody rampage,seeking answers and, more importantly, revenge. One of the great British gangster films, The Long Good Friday also proved unsettlingly prescient as Thatcherism and the actions of the IRA took hold over the following decade.(Notes by Kevin Coyne)

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