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Harry Brown (2009)

R | | Action, Crime, Drama | 14 May 2010 (USA)
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An elderly ex-serviceman and widower looks to avenge his best friend's murder by doling out his own form of justice.

Director:

Daniel Barber

Writer:

Gary Young (screenplay)
1 win & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Caine ... Harry Brown
Emily Mortimer ... D.I. Alice Frampton
Charlie Creed-Miles ... D.S. Terry Hicock (as Charlie Creed Miles)
David Bradley ... Leonard Attwell
Iain Glen ... S.I. Childs
Sean Harris ... Stretch
Plan B ... Noel Winters (as Ben Drew)
Jack O'Connell ... Marky
Jamie Downey Jamie Downey ... Carl
Lee Oakes Lee Oakes ... Dean Saunders
Joseph Gilgun ... Kenny
Liam Cunningham ... Sid Rourke
Marva Alexander Marva Alexander ... Nurse #1
Liz Daniels Liz Daniels ... Kath Brown
Marvin Campbell ... Stunt Neighbour (as Marvin Stewart-Campbell)
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Storyline

In England, retired Royal Marine Harry Brown spends his lonely life between the hospital, where his beloved wife Kath is terminally ill, and playing chess with his only friend Leonard Attwell in the Barge pub owned by Sid Rourke. After the death of Kath, Len tells his grieving friend the local gang is harassing him and he is carrying an old bayonet for self-defence. Harry suggests he to go to the police. When Len is beaten, and stabbed to deatry detective Inspector Alice Frampton and her partner Sergeant Terry Hicock are sent to investigate. They pay Harry a visit but don't have good news; the police have not found any other evidence, other than the bayonet, in order to arrest the hoodlums. This mean that should the case go to trial the gang would claim self-defence. Harry Brown sees that justice will not be granted and decides to take matters into his own hands. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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The law has limits. He doesn't. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence and language throughout, drug use and sexual content | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 May 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hari Braun See more »

Filming Locations:

A12 in Marks Gate, Essex, UK See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$173,353, 2 May 2010

Gross USA:

$1,818,681

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,329,747
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Sir Michael Caine has played characters with the name Harry in seven other movies: Harry Palmer (five times), Harry Tristan Dean (once), and Harry Anders (once). See more »

Goofs

The underpass in the movie is around 30 miles from Harry's house in south London where the movie is set. I walked to school through that underpass many years ago. It goes under the A12 and is off Padnall Road Marks Gate Essex UK and connects to Warren Terrace, it is north of Dagenham and west of Romford . When Harrry looks out of a broken window at the kids in the underpass you can see the road sign showing right for Dagenham left for Marks Gate. There is no canal on either side or high rise buildings like Harry's home anywhere near so they used a different location for those shots. When he walks to the hospital there are none that he would need to go through the underpass to. The nearest one would be King George Hospital just over a mile to the right that he could use the underpass to get to but could walk along the A12 and cross later, but he walks left, there is one further to the left in Romford but he would be a lot quicker going to the bus stop (in shot) and getting a bus there. The entrance to the underpass has steel poles at the beginning and white fencing at the end of the movie, it was replaced and the underpass is painted white in a clean up for the movie. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Man1: Do you want it, fella, huh?
Man2: Yeah.
Man1: Because you wanted this yesterday, brother. You wanna do this shit?
Man2: Let's go.
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Connections

References Lethal Weapon (1987) See more »

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Gold
(1983)
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Written by Gary Kemp from Spandau Ballet (uncredited)
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Caine opens his legs and shows his class
19 November 2009 | by markgormanSee all my reviews

The movie is set in The Elephant and Castle where I, as a 17 year old, went to a strip joint in a well dodgy pub during a visit to London. If I'd have seen this film beforehand I'd not have gone within a mile of the area, never mind into its seedy interior.

Apparently Michael Caine is from "The Elephant" so this was probably quite a nostalgic road trip for him. In the movie he plays a vigilante gradually becoming more and more determined to avenge the brutal murder of his old mate (fast on the heels of his wife's death) at the hands of a bunch of local scum who terrorise the neighbourhood.

This is no ordinary vigilante movie and, although I haven't seen it, it must bear considerable comparison to Grand Torino where another fine actor in his latter years dominates a movie.

The casting is wonderful and the thugs that terrify the local community are entirely believable. But from start to finish this is Caine's movie. He plays his part with massive pathos. We feel deeply sorry for him as, first, his wife and, then, his only chum pass away leaving him quietly tormented and then incredibly angry as he learns that his mates death was mockingly filmed on a mobile phone to the accompaniment of raucous laughter.

The brutality of this movie is searing and really shocking at times. The riot scene is entirely believable, which is difficult to achieve on a low budget but certainly hits the spot. It plays an important central role in undermining the police and showing them off as the useless and uncaring force that director, Daniel Barber is keen to establish .

Two things make this movie a real stand out; Caine and the pacing of the action.

It starts brutally slowly and gradually winds up in pace and tension but never to Hollywood proportions. Don't forget that Caine is a pensioner! Amazingly it holds your belief throughout - not an inconsiderable achievement in a genre that tends to become overblown and ridiculous.

I expect Michael Caine will get a BAFTA nomination for this (at the very least). He might even win because his performance is stunning. I certainly hope so.

His best performance? Arguably.

A great film? Definitely.


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