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.
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
Back to gangster land but with such taut and tight handling, who could complain? The London locales - many now vanished - add some tangy texture. The whole film has a neat sense of dread rounded off in a circular coda.
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.
A surprisingly deep film; rich parallels between Harold and the dying British Empire - it's global outlook and attempts at rejuvenation with a blind side for internal troubles and the moving times. Brilliant performances all round, very visible influence for the "Cool Britannia" of later years. Soundtrack contained some very clever foreshadowing, which I appreciated.