Bob Hoskins (Harold Shand),
HelenMirren (Victoria), Dave King (Parky), Bryan Marshall (Harris), Eddie Constantine (Charlie), Stephen Davis (Tony), Paul Freeman (Colin), Pierce Brosnan (First
solid crime drama which doubles up as an allegory for Thatcher's entrepreneurial era in Great Britain.
Bob Hoskins plays the London Dockland's equivalent of Al
Capone, an affluent gangster who faces violent reprisals from his rivals who plan to build on his land.
The performances are excellent, especially from Bob Hoskins
who is tailor-made for the role, but also from Helen Mirren. One minor gripe is in the quality of the sound mixing, particularly at the climax (which was filmed without any sound). Still, it
remains a classic of British filmmaking and was the finest crime film to come out of the UK for the best part of two decades.