‘The Long Good Friday’ remains a true (British) classic of the crime film genre, “this movie is one amazing piece of work, not only for the Hoskins performance but also for the energy of the filmmaking, the power of the music, and, oddly enough, for the engaging quality of its sometimes very violent sense of humor.” —Roger Ebert
‘Cast and Crew: The Long Good Friday’ brings together John MacKenzie, Barrie Keeffe, Barry Hanson, actor Derek Thompson, casting director Simone Reynolds to discuss the film, its making and its legacy. There are also interviews from Bob Hoskins and Helen Mirren. Watching Keeffe and MacKenzie around a table together, there is still the crackle of creative tension, as writer and director both lay claim to the film’s success. —‘Cast and Crew’: Documentary on the making of the ‘The Long Good Friday’
Written by Barrie Keeffe, a former journalist who made his name writing political drams for TV and theater, ‘Scribes’ (1976), about newspaper workers during a strike, ‘Gimme Shelter’ (1975–7), a powerful trilogy that dealt with deprivation, frustration and anger of working-class youth, and the tremendous BBC drama ‘Waterloo Sunset,’ starring the legendary Queenie Watts. Keeffe wrote ‘The Long Good Friday’ in three days, over an Easter weekend. Originally called ‘The Paddy Factor,’ the story dealt with East End gangster Harold Shand (Bob Hoskins) who plans to go into partnership with the Mafia to redevelop London, only to fall foul of the IRA. The film co-starred Helen Mirren, (who battled to make her character, Victoria, stronger), a young Pierce Brosnan, and Eddie Consantine, as the Mafia don. The script came from all the stories Keeffe heard growing-up and working as a reporter on the Stratford Express, as he told the Arts Desk in 2010. —Paul Gallagher, Dangerous Minds
Barrie Keeffe’s screenplay for ‘The Long Good Friday,’ originally called ‘The Paddy Factor.’ (NOTE: For educational purposes only.) As always, thanks to the great folks at Write to Reel.
See also: Flashback — ‘The Long Good Friday.’ The DVD and Blu-ray of the film are available at Amazon and other online retailers.
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One of my favorite books in the MoMA Library collection: Zero Mostel reads a book. “Published for the fun of it by The New York Times and dedicated to the American bookseller June, 1963." Photographs by Robert Frank.