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.
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.
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!