Tony: I simply meant that a subtext of THE LONG GOOD FRIDAY is the battle between Europe and America, in 1980, for the remains of the British Empire, with the IRA acting as the "resistance" to almost everybody. Harry Shand (Bob Hoskins), like many gangsters in Britain and America, considered himself a patriot. In the High Thatcher Period, one of Britain's great last remaining assets was the London Docks. Falling into decay because of the retreat of Empire, they represented a potential fortune for whoever would be able to redevelop them. A main plot line of THE LONG GOOD FRIDAY deals with Harry's negotiations with "The Americans." In a number of scenes, we see the huge rusting cranes, in the background, tilting as if about to collapse.
Those cranes are gone many years now, replaced by malls, businesses, corporate headquarters, computer complexes, etc., along the Thames up to Greenwich. One of the developments keeps its old title of Canary Wharf. Harry Shand, in his peculiar way, represented the rear guard of the Empire.
Your mention of Gayle Hunnicutt sent me to the IMDb, which happily told me that she is alive and acting, occasionally. [What a beauty!] She is the mother of Nolan Hemmings, who had the honor of playing his father, David Hemmings, as a young man in one of my favorite underrated pictures, LAST ORDERS, based on the Booker Prize Novel by Graham Swift. It was David Hemming's last important major role. The film also represents a reunion of Bob Hoskins with Helen Mirren, who plays Michael Caine's widow.
If you want to do a contrast with THE LONG GOOD FRIDAY for your cast, this one might be a candidate.
Rather raps up our discussion, or at least brings it back on track, but where did we lose Welles in all of this?
Anyway, do see LAST ORDERS, Tony, if you have not seen it. An absolutely beautiful little picture.