The Long Good Friday (1980) John Mackenzie
Director: John Mackenzie | Producer: Barry Hanson | Writer: Barrie Keeffe | Cast: Bob Hoskins, Helen Mirren, Dave King, Bryan Marshall, Pierce Brosnan, Paul Freeman, Karl Howman, Kevin McNally, P. H. Moriarty, Paul Barber, Gillian Taylforth, Derek Thompson | Music: Francis Monkman | Cinematography: Phil Meheux | Distributors: British Lion Films, Handmade Films, Paramount | Runtime: 114 min | Language: English | Format: DvdRip, Color, NTSC, Avi |
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0081070/The Long Good Friday is a British gangster film starring Bob Hoskins and Helen Mirren. It was completed in 1979 but, because of release delays, it is generally credited as a 1980 film.
Synopsis: The film's protagonist is Harold Shand (played by Bob Hoskins), an old fashioned 1960s-style London gangster who is aspiring to become a legitimate businessman, albeit with the financial support of the American Mafia, with a plan to redevelop the disused London Docklands as a venue for a future Olympic Games. The storyline weaves together the events of the late 1970s, including low-level political and police corruption, IRA gun-running, the displacement of traditional British industry with property development and the emerging free market economy.
Harold is the undisputed ruling kingpin of the London underworld, when his world is suddenly torn apart by a series of murders and exploding bombs from an unseen foe. Uncovering his enemy's identity forms much of the film's subsequent plotline. His ruthless and violent pursuit of leads only points out the small-time tawdriness of the organisation he hopes to legitimise.
The story seems to hinge upon an act of betrayal by one of Harold's closest aides, the implications of which only become clear near the film's climax, when the solution to the mystery is suggested though not spelled out. He acts on the information with the same brutality that took him to the pinnacle of the London underworld in the first place, but his enemies this time follow motivations different than those of his local rivals.
The American Mafia representatives decide to leave England because of all the killings but Harold is determined to stay, saying that he will become a legitimate businessman. When he leaves the hotel, he gets into a taxi that sharply pulls out from the hotel zone. Harold realises that his girlfriend, Victoria, is not in the car and sees her in the back of another car being driven away by armed men. Harold finds himself at gunpoint from the front seat passenger (played by a then-unknown Pierce Brosnan).