Cinema: Rushes: May 3, 1982


Bob Hoskins is a galvanically repellent actor. Hoskins (seen on PBS in BBC's Pennies from Heaven and Othello) has a torpedo-shaped head attached to a bulldog's body. He moves, and barks out his dialogue, with the arrogant energy of Cagney and Robinson, but with precisely none of their charm. In The Long Good Friday, Hoskins gets to play a Little Hitler of the London underworld out to make a killing in real estate while some mysterious rivals make more spectacular killings of his henchmen. Director John Mackenzie's idea of subtle...

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