Review By: Boo Allen
Mona Lisa, The Long Good Friday, The Raggedy Rawney, The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne.
Bob Hoskins’ unlikely yet prolonged and successful career is highlighted in this collection of four fine movies on four discs. His versatility shines first in “Mona Lisa” (1986, rated R, 104 minutes) and “Long/Friday,” (1980, rated R, 114 minutes), two now-recognized British gangster classics. In the perfectly paced “Friday,” Hoskins plays a London mob boss set to close financing on Good Friday with an American mobster (iconic Eddie Constantine). He becomes frantic with the attacks on his empire by car bombings and unexplained murders. Helen Mirren plays the obligatory moll. In “Mona Lisa,” Hoskins leaves jail and secures a job with his old boss (Michael Caine) chauffeuring a prostitute (Cathy Tyson). Driver and passenger form an unlikely bond resulting in carnage and an escalating body count. Hoskins co-wrote and directed “Rawney” (1988, rated R, 103 minutes): a British soldier (Dexter Fletcher) deserts, masquerades as a woman, and then joins a band of gypsies led by Hoskins. Superb Maggie Smith is “Judith Hearne,” a lonely woman in 1940s Dublin who humiliates herself over a fellow lodger (Hoskins).