Arrow 4K Ultra HD Film Review

The Long Good Friday (1980) • Limited Edition 4K Ultra HD [Arrow Video] — old-school British gangster classic

An up-and-coming gangster is tested by the insurgence of an unknown, very powerful threat.

Dan Owen
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7 min readJun 3, 2024

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JJohn Mackenzie’s low-budget British classic, The Long Good Friday, is a seminal gangster film, although often overlooked these days in favour of the more modern, post-Tarantino approach pioneered by Guy Ritchie in Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998). Barrie Keeffe’s screenplay is far less comedic and the dialogue less quotable, but it’s more grounded and believable as a look back at the UK’s late-1970s anxieties as it entered a new decade as a leading member of the European Union.

That opening detail immediately places the film in a bygone era. With the UK having exited the EU in 2016, it’s rather amusing to find working-class London gangster Harold Shane (Bob Hoskins) championing the merits of the Common Market. His money-making scheme also involves redeveloping London Docklands with the assistance of visiting American mafioso Charlie…

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Dan Owen
Frame Rated

Freelance writer and TV addict raised on films • Socials and links: https://linktr.ee/danowen