The Archives: 1980

In Pictures

Leading lady: Playing headstrong Victoria to Bob Hoskins’ short-tempered gangster boss in “The Long Good Friday”. On set with Peter Sellers on his very last motion picture, “The Fiendish Plot of Dr. Fu Manchu”, directed by Piers Haggard. Playing the lead role of Beaty in the long-forgotten “Hussy”.

Helen Mirren started the new decade with three feature films – among them two duds and a timeless classic – as well as theatre again. Two films you might not find in short overviews of Mirren’s career are “Hussy” – in which she plays a “glamorous” escort girl who tries to build a normal life for her young son – and “The Fiendish Plot of Dr. Fu Manchu”, the last film with the legendary Peter Sellers, who was not in his best condition, as was the film itself. But none of this matters, because 1980 boasted one of Helen Mirren’s greatest feature film, one that has stood the test of time and gave her a fierce performance in a British classic – “The Long Good Friday”, directed by John McKenzie and starring Bob Hoskins, with whom she had shared the stage just months earlier in the Royal Exchange Theatre production of “The Duchess of Malfi”.

September 16, 1980 - May 09, 1981
May 1980