In the savage and deadly world of the gangland king, the man at the top is ruler, but only as long as he controls everything in his territory. For that man, the rewards can be infinate, but so are the dangers. Harold Shand (Bob Hoskins) is enjoying the height of his powers, and he is on the verge of something which would make his current `arrangements' small fry. But stronger forces than even he can control have moved in and taken over. Climaxing in one long bloody day of terror, an Easter Good Friday, he is to see his empire begin to crack and crumble.