Ten Essential Films From Bob Hoskins

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With word breaking early today that veteran character actor Bob Hoskins has passed away at age 71 from complications of pneumonia, now seems a good time to look back over the career of the versatile actor and pay tribute to some of our favorite Hoskins moments, sorted in chronological order. Please feel free to chime in with your own.

The Long Good Friday (1980)

Hoskins would score his second BAFTA nomination for John Mackenzie's 1980 contemporary crime saga The Long Good Friday - the first came for 1978 effort Pennies From Heaven - and his performance as crime boss Harold Shand who must protect his turf from a rival gang trying to muscle their way in by planting bombs at key locations of Shand's territory. This one's a minor classic, well worth seeking out.

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marshy00April 30, 2014 1:09 PM

Nice list, though I'd have definitely gone with TwentyFourSeven when it came to Hoskins/Meadows collaborations.

Todd BrownApril 30, 2014 2:22 PM

That's literally the only Meadows I haven't seen!

kidlazarusApril 30, 2014 4:59 PM

Harold Shand is an outstanding role. Hoskins commands the screen. The Long Good Friday is incredible - and, one would think, the closing scene made an impact on Refn's Pusher. Have to agree about Hoskins best role being George in Mona Lisa. Today the film seems to be under appreciated which is a shame as there are moments where the dialogue is absolutely priceless.

marshy00May 1, 2014 3:05 AM

Definitely something to rectify asap. Came out while I was doing my film degree. Was a very big deal at the time, especially in the UK.

owenMay 1, 2014 3:50 AM

I completely forgot Hoskins was in romeo brass jesus im dumb

LaubiMay 2, 2014 9:35 AM

ummmm.....super mario bros? :)