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The Long Good Friday (1981)

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Commentary 1: Director John Mackenzie Rating:8.0/10 (2 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by am1001 on June 5th, 2004:Find all reviews by am1001
Good commentary. The film has an interesting history and the commentary explains how it got released. Recommended if you like the film.
Reviewed by Gavin Millarrrrrrrrrr on September 6th, 2008:Find all reviews by Gavin Millarrrrrrrrrr
Mackenzie clearly enjoys revisiting his best-known film (despite claiming to have viewed it 400-500 times during the editing process), taking us from the development of the script to the problems of getting the film released (too little time is spent on this fascinating aspect of the production, but there may be legal reasons for that as coverage is almost as sparse in the otherwise excellent Making Of documentary on Disc 2).
There are a few silences, usually broken by Mackenzie laughing at the dialogue, although the laughter stops when he has to relive the filming of loathed in-car scenes (with “table scenes” not far behind!).
Mackenzie’s proves as unapologetically British as his film, including referencing UK TV credits for various supporting actors that will probably be lost on American listeners in the same way he says much of the film’s ironic humour initially was.
This commentary, though, will be appreciated by all fans of the film whatever their location.
Reviewed by musíl65 on November 19th, 2019:Find all reviews by musíl65
Mackenzie is a good speaker. Without any gaps he talks about the script, the actors, the locations, the scene with the bottle, the early 80ties in London and the editing. A big point is the post-production. There was a lot of trouble with the producer and Handmade Films bought the picture.

This track is solid and good addition to the making of. 8 out of 10.