The Long Good Friday

Synopsis: Harold, a prosperous English gangster, is about to close a lucrative new deal when bombs start showing up in very inconvenient places. A mysterious syndicate is trying to muscle in on his action, and Harold wants to know who they are. He finds out soon enough, and bloody mayhem ensues.
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Director(s): John Mackenzie
Production: Paragon
  Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
114 min

Two large Bushmills please, darling.

Do you want another drink?

I'll buy you.

What's happening?

- Get in.

- Alright


Harold will be well pleased.

- When is he back?

- Today.

Highly confidential.

I need them tomorrow,

for a counsel meeting.

No sweat, I'll get them photo-copied.

And the Americans?

- I'll reckon they're coming.

- Good.

- About the nosh: on the corporation?

- Of course, counsellor.

- See you, Jeff.

- See you.

Wait a minute!

These are plans, he needs them

back by this afternoon.

Good old George.

- Everything alright while I was away?

- Yeah.

The new casino has gone through.

- No problems?

- No, everything's alright.

Did anyone guess where I was?

Alan reckoned a health farm.

One or two rumours about New York.

- But nobody guessed?

- No.

Should have left 10 minutes ago,

I'm late for church.

I hate being late for church.

There you are.

Bye bye, have a nice Easter.

God rot your soul.

Oh Christ Harold she's always with us

when she goes to church.

She's got really religious in her

old age, hasn't she?

Church 3 times a day, it's Good Friday.

Have a Bloody Mary.

She thinks Paula is an angel

and I'm the devil in disguise.

Ah well, me and Paula have only been divorced

for 10 years, give her a chance to get used to it.


- Have you organised everything?

- Yes, it's coming along.

Charlie should be landing about now.


- Maybe we should have gone to the airport to meet him.

- Nah, play it cool.

When the governor of Coca-Cola drops in to London

the Queen don't go dashing off to Heathrow, does she?

- Queen?

- Well you know what I mean.

All plated up, right?

He went to school with princess Ann,

played hockey with her, all that.

- It's lacrosse at Benenden, hockey's frightfully vulgar.

- Yes, yes plenty of, yeah.

The Yanks love snobbery.

They really feel they've arrived in England

if the upper classes treat them like sh*t.

Gives them a sense of history.

We'd better check how the chef's progressing.

That geezer don't half know about grub.

The smells that have been coming up from the galley

all morning have been driving me potty.

You lay off the vodka.

- It's going well?

- Madam, look at this.

These blue plates with these

white plates, it's ridiculous.

Now that's a right horrible ponce.

The polly's French isn't he?

It's really splendid.

We thank you very much.

Very nice.

These French geezers really know their stuff, eh?

- Are they new?

- Bought 'em yesterday, 20 quid a piece.

I bet Harold was reluctant

to take the labels off, eh?

He broke two of them demonstrating

their exquisite delicacy.

He doesn't know his own strength.

Have you sorted out Immigration for the Yank?

- Yeah Parky's dealt with that.

- Then you may go and have a drink on deck.

Hello, are you alright?

Having a good time?

Enjoy yourselves.


Excuse me I won't keep him.

Those plans came in very handy

my son, much obliged.

No sweat, Harold.

- The license on the casino, did that go through alright, no problems?

- A slight problem.

- How's that?

- Counsellor Taylor seems to think you're a gangster.

- What's the SP on the American?

- Just pump him full of information, everything you've got.

- Instant planning permission, all that sort of chat?

- Yeah.

The Yanks think we're a cock handed corner shop over here.

Exhume the fishes, right?

I'll tell him I quickly mind an enterprise that should appeal?

Parky, you're not drinking?

Harold you know I only drink when I'm on duty.

- How's business, alright?

- A drizzle of complaints.

You get a lot of that in your game, eh?

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Barrie Keeffe

Barrie Colin Keeffe (born 31 October 1945) is an English dramatist and screenwriter, best known for his screenplay for the 1981 film The Long Good Friday. more…

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