Directed by John Mackenzie and released in it’s home country of England in 1980.
People have been telling me to watch this for years and I’ve only now gotten around to it. Marvellous film. I’m glad I’ve been watching a lot of 80s horror films lately, because this film utilizes an electronic score also so it made me appreciate the score in this movie a lot more.
Incredible performances from both Helen Mirren and the sensational Bob Hoskins – the level of emotion he displays is really brilliant, I’ve always loved his work and this is definitely my favourite performance from him. So many brilliant scenes, I can’t write this up without mentioning the gang bringing in a bunch of guys to their hideout and then hanging them upside down in a meat factory. The camera is actually strapped to one of them as they are brought through the factory – really great technique and it works extremely well.
The ending is also spectacular, even though I saw a few things coming I think the inevitability of those events were probably intended. Masterpiece of British cinema and one of my favourite gangster films.