History Film / TheLongGoodFriday

15th May '17 7:30:47 PM nombretomado
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* EvilVersusEvil: It's {{London Gangster}}s vs the [[TheTroubles Irish Republican Army]]. Needless to say, there are no heroes in this battle.
* FatalFlaw: {{Pride}}. Once everyone else figures out who the Irish gang [[TheTroubles actually are]], they urge Harold to let them have their pound of flesh to settle the grievance and have done with it. But Harold Shand can't comprehend anyone other than him calling the shots in London. This will come back to bite him.

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* EvilVersusEvil: It's {{London Gangster}}s vs the [[TheTroubles [[UsefulNotes/TheTroubles Irish Republican Army]]. Needless to say, there are no heroes in this battle.
* FatalFlaw: {{Pride}}. Once everyone else figures out who the Irish gang [[TheTroubles [[UsefulNotes/TheTroubles actually are]], they urge Harold to let them have their pound of flesh to settle the grievance and have done with it. But Harold Shand can't comprehend anyone other than him calling the shots in London. This will come back to bite him.



* RuthlessForeignGangsters: TheMafia appear, but they are ''not'' this, being one of the voices of caution and reason that Harold gradually ignores. The [[TheTroubles mysterious Irish gang]] that shows up, however...

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* RuthlessForeignGangsters: TheMafia appear, but they are ''not'' this, being one of the voices of caution and reason that Harold gradually ignores. The [[TheTroubles [[UsefulNotes/TheTroubles mysterious Irish gang]] that shows up, however...



* TheTroubles: When a group of mysterious Irish murderers show up, you know that it's going to be connected.
14th Apr '17 4:06:02 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* OhCrap: In a nice bit of {{Foreshadowing}}, Jeff has this reaction when the landlord of Harold's pub mentions a pair of Irishman arriving.
14th Apr '17 4:04:21 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* TheCaligula: Harold starts off as amiable, even charming, but as his grasp on the situation slips he becomes a lot more vicious.



* DidYouActuallyBelieve: Averted. After double-crossing and attempting to destroy the [[spoiler:''IRA'' gangster operation]] in London, Shand is [[spoiler:kidnapped by gunmen in the final scene of the film.]] Neither he nor [[spoiler:his captors speak, but one gunman smirks at him. It's pretty clear from the smirks what they're thinking]].
* DirtyCop: Parky, a senior Met police officer on Harold's payroll (probably a Detective Inspector or Detective Chief Inspector)



* DirtyCop: Parky, a senior Met police officer on Harold's payroll (probably a Detective Inspector or Detective Chief Inspector)
* TheCaligula: Harold starts off as amiable, even charming, but as his grasp on the situation slips he becomes a lot more vicious.
* DidYouActuallyBelieve: No one actually says it to [[spoiler:Harold]], but it's pretty clear from the smirks what they're thinking.



* GrievousBottleyHarm: [[spoiler: Jeff's fate due to Harold's HairTriggerTemper]]

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* GrievousBottleyHarm: [[spoiler: Jeff's fate due to Harold's HairTriggerTemper]][[spoiler:Harold makes particularly graphic use of a bottle against Jeff when his bad day finally explodes into a brief, furious frenzy; first he smashes the bottle over his victim's head, then he brutally stabs him in the neck with the jagged end. The sight of blood spraying out of his friend's throat soon calms him down.]]



* JustAGangster: Subverted. Shand ''thinks'' that someone in his organization is doing this when his projects starts being attacked and his men killed, but it's really the IRA attacking him.

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* JustAGangster: Subverted. Shand ''thinks'' that someone in his organization is doing this when his projects starts being attacked and he's experiencing a case of this- suspecting treason from his men killed, but it's really and believing TheIrishMob is attempting to muscle in. However, he's actually being targeted by the IRA attacking him.during The Troubles.



* TheOner: The final shot holds on Harold Shand as he's driven away, replaying the events of the last few days in his head. We see him run the gamut of emotions as everything becomes clear to him.



* SawedOffShotgun: There's a few floating about.
* ShowerOfAngst: [[spoiler: After Harold kills Jeff.]]

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* SawedOffShotgun: There's a few floating about.
about, though only the barrels are cut down, not the stock.
* ShowerOfAngst: [[spoiler: After Harold appears in a shower scene washing the blood off himself after he inadvertently kills Jeff.Jeff in a fit of rage during a heated argument.]]
6th Oct '16 1:26:40 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* CorruptPolitician: Councillor Harris
* DarkMistress: Victoria (Helen Mirren) is an unusually posh, well-bred version of this, who played Lacrosse at school with Princess Anne. She acts as something of [[TheConsigliere an adviser to him]].

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* CorruptPolitician: Councillor Harris
Harris.
* CreatorCameo: The IRA driver whose menacing eyes are seen in the rear-view mirror at the end of the film was played by the director, John Mackenzie.
* DarkMistress: Victoria (Helen Mirren) (Creator/HelenMirren) is an unusually posh, well-bred version of this, who played Lacrosse at school with Princess Anne. She acts as something of [[TheConsigliere an adviser to him]].
17th Jul '16 7:26:20 PM Discar
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* OutsideContextVillain: Harold assumes that he's under attack from a rival gang, and is baffled by the fact that it's the IRA. His advisers warn him that the IRA belong to a completely different world than him, and not to treat them like another group of thugs.

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* OutsideContextVillain: OutsideGenreFoe: Harold assumes that he's under attack from a rival gang, and is baffled by the fact that it's the IRA. His advisers warn him that the IRA belong to a completely different world than him, and not to treat them like another group of thugs.
29th May '16 6:26:58 PM Exxolon
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British gangster film starring Bob Hoskins as Harold Shand, an old-school LondonGangster planning to make the leap from organised crime to legitimate business with the financial aid of some [[TheMafia American]] {{Legitimate Businessmen|sSocialClub}} and some potentially lucrative property details. Success is within his grasp when a mysterious group of hitmen start targeting Harold and his organisation, executing two of Harold's closest accomplices and bombing several of his businesses.

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British gangster film starring Bob Hoskins Creator/BobHoskins as Harold Shand, an old-school LondonGangster planning to make the leap from organised crime to legitimate business with the financial aid of some [[TheMafia American]] {{Legitimate Businessmen|sSocialClub}} and some potentially lucrative property details. Success is within his grasp when a mysterious group of hitmen start targeting Harold and his organisation, executing two of Harold's closest accomplices and bombing several of his businesses.
15th Nov '15 4:36:47 PM TheWanderer
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* JustAGangster: Subverted. Shand ''thinks'' that someone in his organization is doing this when his projects starts being attacked and his men killed, but it's really the IRA attacking him.
14th Nov '15 11:50:47 PM nombretomado
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1st Jan '15 8:59:00 PM Fireblood
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* AcceptableEthnicTargets: Two of Harold's henchman talking about the chef he's hired: "He's a right awkward ponce." "Well, he's French, innie?"



* PragmaticVillainy: The Mafia, of all people, preach caution and cool headedness. They're not trying to draw attention to themselves. Taken to its logical conclusion in the finale, combined with a little KnowWhenToFoldThem, [[spoiler: The Mafia decide to cut their losses and split even after all of Harold's enemies have been killed. When Harold points out it was a "little problem," they retort massacres and explosions are nothing of the sort. They believe he's far too much of a liability. And they are right.]]

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* PragmaticVillainy: The Mafia, of all people, preach caution and cool headedness.cool-headedness. They're not trying to draw attention to themselves. Taken to its logical conclusion in the finale, combined with a little KnowWhenToFoldThem, [[spoiler: The Mafia decide to cut their losses and split even after all of Harold's enemies have been killed. When Harold points out it was a "little problem," they retort that massacres and explosions are nothing of the sort. They believe he's far too much of a liability. And they are right.]]



* TechnologyMarchesOn: Harold's line "You'd need a million dollar COMPUTER to understand this!" somehow sounds unintentionally funny now (as if he thinks computers can do anything) Also it conjures up humorous mental images of big clunky computers from this era.
28th Dec '14 8:38:51 AM Morgenthaler
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The film was a critical and commercial darling in Britain, but whilst it found favor with American critics, audiences found it too niche, dealing as it did with some very British concerns of the 1970s, such as the EEC, union strikes, the rise of property development over industry, TheTroubles, and political corruption. It currently holds a 95% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, however, and some critics consider it to be the best British gangster movie of all time, and a worthy trans-Atlantic counterpart to ''Film/TheGodfather''.
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