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LEC Movie night: The Long Good Friday

  • May 30, 2014 · 7:00 PM
  • This location is shown only to members

In Memory of Bob Hoskins

Intricately plotted and smartly paced, this gangster saga from 1980 clicks as whodunit, social satire and explosive thriller. The piece is crowned by Bob Hoskins' career-making turn as a London mobster courting respectability and Helen Mirren's subtly detailed performance as his upper-crust mistress. Cockney wiseguy Harold Shand is a would-be burgher whose domination of the city's underworld stems from his shrewdness as a mediator and his skill at harnessing political and economic clout. As Easter approaches, he's poised to launch an aggressive real estate development scheme along the depressed Thames waterfront when all hell breaks loose: a trusted lieutenant is brutally murdered, Shand's mother is nearly killed in a car bombing, one of his pubs is blown apart and the visiting American don crucial to the pending deal is quickly growing wary.

Awards:  3 awards and 1 BAFTA nomination

IMDB rating:  7.7

Running time:  109 mins

The movie will start at 7.30pm, but I will get there from about 7.00pm to set up the room.  There is enough space for you to join us upstairs and make use of the space.


Please note that we show this movie for educational purposes within our club.  This is a strict members only event.  Please do not embarrass yourself (and us) by bringing a guest, who we would need to turn away.

Please note that we ask members for a contribution of £3 to allow us to budget for future events.  Your support is very much appreciated! Thanks.

The upstairs bar will be opened for us from 7.00pm and please order any drinks and food at this bar.


London European Club is run by dedicated volunteers, who don't have time to waste with people who don't show up at events. If you don't show up to three events that you have RSVPed to, you will be banned from the Club. Changing your RSVP in the last 24 hours prior to the event is strongly discouraged and may result in an immediate ban, especially when it comes to our most popular events such as this one.

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  • Henry K

    Another great film, a real step back in time. Amazing to think when this film was made (1979) before many of our members were born, the first Margaret Thatcher budget lowered the basic income tax rate from 33 - 30%, the top rate (earned income, not investment) from 83 to 60%. The head of Barclays Bank was on £87,000 a year (today over £4M). Whatever you may think of Mrs T, London would not be what it is today without her reforms. And there would probably be no London European Club.
    St Katherine's Dock development only started in 1973, that's all (and not completed) there was at the time of the film. The London Docklands Development Corporation was only established in 1981 so although there was obviously much talk of docklands already, Bob Hoskins' character was a real visionary at the time of the film. And you could buy a whole derelict warehouse for £100,000 (about £430,000 adjusted for inflation)! Thanks again Maja

    June 1, 2014

    • Maja

      There would have always been a London European Club. When I first came here in 1986 I saw it was missing, but I was a child then so couldn't set it up.

      June 1, 2014

  • Brian

    Well done Maja for choosing this film. It's good to see films like this selected by people not from the UK. The scene with the security guard nailed to the floor is a timely reminder of what to do with Nigel Farage. For 60's spy nostalgia, I strongly recommend 'The Ipcress File' with Michael Caine. A classic that established Caine as an icon of cool in the 60s with thick rimmed glasses. Also: 'The Italian Job'. Another classic with Michael Caine about robbing a bank under the nose of the Italians during an England-Italy football match in Turin. I have no doubt the Mighty Marion would be happy to accommodate these films into her list.

    June 1, 2014

  • Aleks

    I really enjoyed this movie. Many thanks!!!!

    June 1, 2014

  • Maja

    More movies from the 70ies and 80ies please. This was a real gem, thanks for appreciating my suggestion :-)

    May 30, 2014

  • Tin T.

    worth watching

    May 30, 2014

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