‘The Long Good Friday’

Some films get better with age, and The Long Good Friday (1980) is one of them. There’s Bob Hoskins at his very best as Harold Shand — a character terrifying, comic and vulnerable — and Helen Mirren, his posh other half. It’s a film about greed and the 1980s, a premonition of the decade to come, seven years before Wall Street and the ‘greed is good’ speech. The Long Good Friday is a film about violence, money, glitz, and property investment — the development of the London Docklands. Harold Shand is the meanest gangster of them all, and he’s about to make a fortune selling the Docklands to the Americans — what can go wrong?