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I, too, thought that was a fabulous film. Oddly enough, Hoskin's gangster's attitude of dismissal toward the issues posed by Brosnan's people reminded me strongly of the saying "you may not be interested in politics, but politics is interested in you."  His expression while riding in the car, when he realized how wrong he had been to ignore them, was perfect.

'tis strange I should be old and neither wise nor valiant. From "The Maid's Tragedy" by Beaumont & Fletcher
by Wife of Bath (kareninaustin at g mail dot com) on Fri Nov 21st, 2014 at 05:37:07 PM EST
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It's many years since I saw the film but my memory suggests that Brosnan was making a power play and was using the sourcing of weapons from the IRA as a way to remove the leader.

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Sat Nov 22nd, 2014 at 09:01:37 AM EST
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Brosnan was only one member of a hitman team sent in revenge for IRA deaths. At the start of the film, a subordinate of the gangster boss takes some "revolutionary tax" to Northern Ireland, steals from it before handing it over, and then someone kills the IRA men just when they counted the money and noticed the missing amount; later on, it is told that the IRA concluded that the gangster boss was behind the killings. Later on the gangster boss thinks he dealt with the IRA problem by murdering the two men who ran the IRA's London representation.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Sat Nov 22nd, 2014 at 10:54:13 AM EST
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I think it was a slightly different take: the gangster saw politics as a corrupt business which can be bought or threatened like any other business, and refused to listen to subordinates who warned him that the IRA are fanatics and thus in a different league. (In that, the film was again prophetic: the IRA did prove to be a greater menace in London, too, than the gangsters of the 1960s ever were.)

I read the film failed to find a distributor for one year due to the IRA angle.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Sat Nov 22nd, 2014 at 10:58:41 AM EST
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