John Mackenzie

John Mackenzie was a British film director perhaps best known for the 1980 gangster film The Long Good Friday. Born in Edinburgh, Mackenzie worked in British film from the late 1960s, first as an assistant director to Ken Loach on productions such as Up the Junction and Cathy Come Home, before becoming an independent director himself, going on to work in both the UK and the US.

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The Long Good Friday (1980)

In the late 1970s, Cockney crime boss Harold Shand, a gangster trying to become a legitimate property mogul, has big plans to get the American Mafia to bankroll his transformation of a derelict area of London into the possible venue for a future Olympic Games. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Mackenzie
CAST:  Bob Hoskins  •  Helen Mirren  •  Paul Freeman  •  Dave King

In the late 1970s, Cockney crime boss Harold Shand, a gangster trying to become a legitimate property mogul, has big plans to get the American Mafia to bankroll his transformation of a derelict area of London into the possible venue for a future Olympic Games. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Mackenzie
CAST:  Bob Hoskins  •  Helen Mirren  •  Paul Freeman  •  Dave King

Apaches (1977)

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On an English farm, six reckless children play at being a fierce band of Apache warriors, unaware of the many dangers to which they are exposed. (Public information short film produced on behalf of the British Government to warn children living in rural areas about ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Mackenzie
CAST:  Louise O'Hara  •  Robbie Oubridge  •  Ian Scrace  •  Sharon Smart

On an English farm, six reckless children play at being a fierce band of Apache warriors, unaware of the many dangers to which they are exposed. (Public information short film produced on behalf of the British Government to warn children living in rural areas about ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Mackenzie
CAST:  Louise O'Hara  •  Robbie Oubridge  •  Ian Scrace  •  Sharon Smart

Ruby (1992)

Fact and fiction are combined in this story about Jack Ruby and a stripper, Candy Cane, and how they become involved in a conspiracy to kill J.F.K.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Mackenzie
CAST:  Danny Aiello  •  Sherilyn Fenn  •  Tobin Bell  •  Joe Cortese

Fact and fiction are combined in this story about Jack Ruby and a stripper, Candy Cane, and how they become involved in a conspiracy to kill J.F.K.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Mackenzie
CAST:  Danny Aiello  •  Sherilyn Fenn  •  Tobin Bell  •  Joe Cortese

Aldrich Ames: Traitor Within (1998)

Fact-based story about a 90's espionage case that was chronicled as the worst case of espionage in US history  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Mackenzie
CAST:  Timothy Hutton  •  Joan Plowright  •  Elizabeth Peña  •  Daniel Magder

Fact-based story about a 90's espionage case that was chronicled as the worst case of espionage in US history  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Mackenzie
CAST:  Timothy Hutton  •  Joan Plowright  •  Elizabeth Peña  •  Daniel Magder

Say No to Strangers (1981)

A short film to warn children of sexual predators.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Mackenzie
CAST:  Duncan Preston  •  Timothy Spall  •  Brenda Blethyn  •  Tommy Boyd

A short film to warn children of sexual predators.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Mackenzie
CAST:  Duncan Preston  •  Timothy Spall  •  Brenda Blethyn  •  Tommy Boyd

Act of Vengeance (1986)

In 1969, an administrator runs against the corrupt president of the United Coal Miners Union, and becomes the target of a murder plot.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Mackenzie
CAST:  Charles Bronson  •  Ellen Burstyn  •  Wilford Brimley  •  Hoyt Axton

In 1969, an administrator runs against the corrupt president of the United Coal Miners Union, and becomes the target of a murder plot.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Mackenzie
CAST:  Charles Bronson  •  Ellen Burstyn  •  Wilford Brimley  •  Hoyt Axton

The Last of the Finest (1990)

An elite group of vice cops are fired from the L.A.P.D. for being over-zealous in their war against drugs. It is immediately apparent that some of their superiors are involved in the drug ring. Banded together, four of the banned cops (which quickly becomes three ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Mackenzie
CAST:  Brian Dennehy  •  Joe Pantoliano  •  Jeff Fahey  •  Bill Paxton

An elite group of vice cops are fired from the L.A.P.D. for being over-zealous in their war against drugs. It is immediately apparent that some of their superiors are involved in the drug ring. Banded together, four of the banned cops (which quickly becomes three ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Mackenzie
CAST:  Brian Dennehy  •  Joe Pantoliano  •  Jeff Fahey  •  Bill Paxton

Made (1972)

This compelling emotional drama stars Carol White as a young single mother who finds herself caught between two people – a local priest and a folk singer – each of whom wants to convert her to his own worldview. An elegy to a younger generation looking for ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Mackenzie
CAST:  Carol White  •  Roy Harper  •  John Castle  •  Margery Mason

This compelling emotional drama stars Carol White as a young single mother who finds herself caught between two people – a local priest and a folk singer – each of whom wants to convert her to his own worldview. An elegy to a younger generation looking for ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Mackenzie
CAST:  Carol White  •  Roy Harper  •  John Castle  •  Margery Mason

Unman, Wittering and Zigo (1971)

A new schoolteacher learns that the previous teacher was killed by his students, and he fears the same fate will befall him.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Mackenzie
CAST:  David Hemmings  •  Douglas Wilmer  •  Tony Haygarth  •  Carolyn Seymour

A new schoolteacher learns that the previous teacher was killed by his students, and he fears the same fate will befall him.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Mackenzie
CAST:  David Hemmings  •  Douglas Wilmer  •  Tony Haygarth  •  Carolyn Seymour

Voyage (1993)

Morgan and Catherine Norvell have their future plans ready. In Monte Carlo, their sailboat is stocked. From there they are going to sail to Malta and live on the boat for a year. They have bought some real estate with an old ruin of a hotel on it, which they are ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Mackenzie
CAST:  Rutger Hauer  •  Eric Roberts  •  Connie Nielsen  •  Karen Allen

Morgan and Catherine Norvell have their future plans ready. In Monte Carlo, their sailboat is stocked. From there they are going to sail to Malta and live on the boat for a year. They have bought some real estate with an old ruin of a hotel on it, which they are ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Mackenzie
CAST:  Rutger Hauer  •  Eric Roberts  •  Connie Nielsen  •  Karen Allen

The Honorary Consul (1983)

Set in a small politically unstable Latin American country, the story follows the half English and half Latino Dr. Eduardo Plarr, who left his home to find a better life. Along the way he meets an array of people, including British Consul Charley Fortnum, a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Mackenzie
CAST:  Richard Gere  •  Bob Hoskins  •  Elpidia Carrillo  •  Joaquim de Almeida

Set in a small politically unstable Latin American country, the story follows the half English and half Latino Dr. Eduardo Plarr, who left his home to find a better life. Along the way he meets an array of people, including British Consul Charley Fortnum, a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Mackenzie
CAST:  Richard Gere  •  Bob Hoskins  •  Elpidia Carrillo  •  Joaquim de Almeida

A Sense of Freedom (1979)

The true story of Jimmy Boyle, who was reputed to be Scotland's most violent man.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Mackenzie
CAST:  David Hayman  •  Bill Barclay  •  Martin Black  •  Alex Norton

The true story of Jimmy Boyle, who was reputed to be Scotland's most violent man.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Mackenzie
CAST:  David Hayman  •  Bill Barclay  •  Martin Black  •  Alex Norton

Deadly Voyage (1996)

When stowaways are found on board a Russian cargo ship, some of the officers and crew decide to dispose of them at sea. The last time they had a stowaway on board, the ship was fined heavily and black marks entered into their records, when he made it off the ship ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Mackenzie
CAST:  Omar Epps  •  Joss Ackland  •  Sean Pertwee  •  Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje

When stowaways are found on board a Russian cargo ship, some of the officers and crew decide to dispose of them at sea. The last time they had a stowaway on board, the ship was fined heavily and black marks entered into their records, when he made it off the ship ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Mackenzie
CAST:  Omar Epps  •  Joss Ackland  •  Sean Pertwee  •  Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje

Just a Boys' Game (1979)

Jake lives in the shadow of his dying grandfather, who was once the town's toughest hard man. Despite their hatred of each other, Jake's sole aim is to be as tough as the old man was. One day in Jake's life, as he drifts, drinks and fights, leads to a bleak realisation.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Mackenzie
CAST:  Frankie Miller  •  Gregor Fisher  •  Ken Hutchison  •  Jean Taylor Smith

Jake lives in the shadow of his dying grandfather, who was once the town's toughest hard man. Despite their hatred of each other, Jake's sole aim is to be as tough as the old man was. One day in Jake's life, as he drifts, drinks and fights, leads to a bleak realisation.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Mackenzie
CAST:  Frankie Miller  •  Gregor Fisher  •  Ken Hutchison  •  Jean Taylor Smith

The Fourth Protocol (1987)

Led by Kim Philby, Plan Aurora is a plan that breaches the top-secret Fourth Protocol and turns the fears that shaped it into a living nightmare. A crack Soviet agent, placed under cover in a quiet English country town, begins to assemble a nuclear bomb, whilst an ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Mackenzie
CAST:  Michael Caine  •  Pierce Brosnan  •  Ned Beatty  •  Joanna Cassidy

Led by Kim Philby, Plan Aurora is a plan that breaches the top-secret Fourth Protocol and turns the fears that shaped it into a living nightmare. A crack Soviet agent, placed under cover in a quiet English country town, begins to assemble a nuclear bomb, whilst an ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Mackenzie
CAST:  Michael Caine  •  Pierce Brosnan  •  Ned Beatty  •  Joanna Cassidy

The Innocent (1985)

This densely-packed film is based on a book by Tom Hart about the struggles of a young Yorkshire boy trying to come to grips with squabbling parents, a doctor who wants to institutionalize him because of his epilepsy, and a mother who refuses to accept that he is ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Mackenzie
CAST:  Andrew Hawley  •  Kika Markham  •  Liam Neeson  •  Patrick Daley

This densely-packed film is based on a book by Tom Hart about the struggles of a young Yorkshire boy trying to come to grips with squabbling parents, a doctor who wants to institutionalize him because of his epilepsy, and a mother who refuses to accept that he is ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Mackenzie
CAST:  Andrew Hawley  •  Kika Markham  •  Liam Neeson  •  Patrick Daley

When the Sky Falls (2000)

Fact-based story about Irish crime-investigating reporter Sinead Hamilton, who invaded the Irish underworld and attempted to expose the illegitimate activities she found. Hampered by the system, a police consort is ineffectual at aiding her despite trying to step ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Mackenzie
CAST:  Joan Allen  •  Patrick Bergin  •  Liam Cunningham  •  Pete Postlethwaite

Fact-based story about Irish crime-investigating reporter Sinead Hamilton, who invaded the Irish underworld and attempted to expose the illegitimate activities she found. Hampered by the system, a police consort is ineffectual at aiding her despite trying to step ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Mackenzie
CAST:  Joan Allen  •  Patrick Bergin  •  Liam Cunningham  •  Pete Postlethwaite

The Infiltrator (1995)

In the early 1990s, an Israeli freelance journalist travels to Germany and uncovers a dangerously pervasive underground Neo-Nazi faction intent on bringing Nazism back to the forefront in Germany.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Mackenzie
CAST:  Oliver Platt  •  Arliss Howard  •  Tony Haygarth  •  Christian Redl

In the early 1990s, an Israeli freelance journalist travels to Germany and uncovers a dangerously pervasive underground Neo-Nazi faction intent on bringing Nazism back to the forefront in Germany.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Mackenzie
CAST:  Oliver Platt  •  Arliss Howard  •  Tony Haygarth  •  Christian Redl

Quicksand (2003)

The workaholic head of the compliance section of a New York bank flies to Monaco to investigate unusual deposits from an offshore bank and meets a down-on-his-luck international film star who has become embroiled in criminal activities.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Mackenzie
CAST:  Michael Keaton  •  Michael Caine  •  Judith Godrèche  •  Rade Šerbedžija

The workaholic head of the compliance section of a New York bank flies to Monaco to investigate unusual deposits from an offshore bank and meets a down-on-his-luck international film star who has become embroiled in criminal activities.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Mackenzie
CAST:  Michael Keaton  •  Michael Caine  •  Judith Godrèche  •  Rade Šerbedžija

Bloody Business: Making The Long Good Friday (2006)

A documentary about the making of The Long Good Friday, including interviews with John Mackenzie, stars Bob Hoskins, Helen Mirren, Pierce Brosnan, producer Barry Hanson and Phil Meheux.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Perry Martin
CAST:  Pierce Brosnan  •  Barry Hanson  •  Bob Hoskins  •  John Mackenzie

A documentary about the making of The Long Good Friday, including interviews with John Mackenzie, stars Bob Hoskins, Helen Mirren, Pierce Brosnan, producer Barry Hanson and Phil Meheux.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Perry Martin
CAST:  Pierce Brosnan  •  Barry Hanson  •  Bob Hoskins  •  John Mackenzie
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