Communicator (communicator) wrote,

The Long Firm #3

Harry Starks and his mobsters aren't coping very well with the LSD revolution. While the privileged kids are becoming hippies, gangland London is becoming seedier. As laws on homosexual relations are liberalised, the establishment covers up the sickening murder of a rent boy. Spot the famous people in thin disguise.

The plot itself is a little weak, but this continues to be my kind of show. The characters are intense and difficult. And there are masses of references to Get Carter, my all-time favourite film. This week Starks kills someone not-quite innocent, but not-really guilty in a horrible way. He uses exactly the same turn of phrase that Michael Caine uses in similar circumstances, while the audience is forced to look away.

'I know you didn't. I know you didn't kill him.'

Mike Hodges said that Carter was 'A sensitive psychopath'. What a strange combination of characteristics that is. Harry Starks, with his gloomy moods, is his shadow.
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