bob hoskins made harold alive. he should've been doing capone instead de niro, look at him at the end of this flick, a long range of harold's emotions, oh dear. rarely saw a good character in a chaotic mob films. and fuck off brosnan
Makes the hysteria and paranoia of The Troubles timeless (and perhaps timely, in 2016); much of its propulsive power can be attributed to its very simple, effective set-up. Why, in a time of unprecedented prosperity and control, is everything suddenly going wrong? One bad day, one tragedy, is all it takes to turn men cruel, desperate, violent. Bob Hoskins and Helen Mirren realize truly complex people with panache.
Excellent British gangster movie boasts a superb performance by Bob Hoskins in his star-making role. It gets off to a slow start, but once the engrossing plot gets going, it's smart, powerful, and very memorable as one of the best of its genre. Unfortunately, the score by Francis Monkman, though effective at times, dates it pretty badly.
Considering this is deemed THE british gangster movie I was a bit underwhelmed. The photo, score and direction was spot on but the script and acting left something to be desired. I love Hoskins, and I know many think this is his finest hour, but I had a hard time taking his acting seriously at certain points. Especially the scene at the bath house where he is trying emote grief for Colin. Still a good watch!
I foolishly held off watching this film for a long time because I was never big on british gangster movies. But this one is a bona fide classic. Very violent and gritty. I never thought Bob Hoskins could pull off the mob boss role after having only seen him in the Roger Rabbit movie... Dumb on my part. He's excellent. I loved the 80's soundtrack and the ending scene is haunting.