Harry Brown

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After his last true friend is murdered in a pointless, brutal attack, retired marine harry brown takes his private war of justice to the streets.

Specifications

Studio Sony
SKU 216465525
UPC 043396353800
UPC 14 00043396353800
Format DVD
Rating Rating
Keywords
Crime
Justice
Murder
Thriller
Vengeance
Editors Note
Note Academy Award nominee Daniel Barber (THE TONTO WOMAN) makes his feature directorial debut with this gritty critique on contemporary British society starring Michael Caine as an elderly shut-in who's spurred to action by a senseless act of violence. Harry Brown (Caine) resides in a desolate public-housing apartment block as his sickly wife lies dying in a local hospital. He spends most of his days in solitude, only getting out to play the occasional game of chess at a nearby pub with his best friend, Leonard (David Bradley). The days of basic human decency seem to be a thing of the past, because in recent years barbarous drug dealers and gangsters have overtaken the dilapidated complex. Killing is a way of life for these young thugs, and as a result overburdened detectives Frampton (Emily Mortimer) and Hicock (Charlie Creed-Miles) are essentially relegated to knocking on doors and notifying parents when their children have been killed in the latest fracas, instead of investigating the crimes and jailing the guilty parties. When Leonard is murdered just feet from his own apartment, former Royal Marine Harry utilizes the skills he learned while fighting the IRA to take on the aggressive chavs who have intimidated the police into inaction.
Reviews
Los Angeles Times "Like smokestack soot, revenge colors HARRY BROWN, the smartly done socio-economic killer thriller that has Michael Caine at 77 armed and dangerous..." 04/28/2010
USA Today 3 stars out of 4 -- "Michael Caine as the title character is no pale imitation of other iconic law-abiding men. He's quietly mad as hell and raises the level of the film with his grave intelligence and contained ferocity." 04/28/2010
Chicago Sun-Times 3 stars out of 4 -- "HARRY BROWN is a revenge thriller poised somewhere between DEATH WISH and GRAN TORINO....Caine is a subtle actor who builds characters from the inside out." 04/28/2010
Box Office 4 stars out of 5 -- "An old-fashioned vigilante revenge drama burnished with art film sensibilities and a classicist's attention to detail, HARRY BROWN is a triumph of both technique and substance." 04/30/2010
New York Times "[I]t features an Expressionistic palette and steady, even stolid, camerawork and precise framing, which first complement Harry's routinized life and then underscore his resolve." 04/30/2010
Actors
Liam Cunningham
Emily Mortimer
Ben Drew
Michael Caine
Cast & Crew
Liam Cunningham - Star
Emily Mortimer - Star
Ben Drew - Star
Michael Caine - Star
Charlie Creed-Miles - Star
Liz Daniels - Co-Star
Iain Glen - Co-Star
Amy Steel - Co-Star
Ruth Barrett - Composer
Paul Rogers - Additional Music/Songs
Gareth Milne - Stunt Coordinator
Simon Hayes - Sound
Pete Tong - Additional Music/Songs
Matt Biffa - Music Director
Martin Phipps - Composer
Lucie Graves - Post-Production Supervisor
Gemma Ryan - Set Decorator
Gary Young - Screenwriter
Jacqueline Fowler - Hairstylist
Jacqueline Fowler - Makeup
Martin Ruhe - Director of Photography
Forbes KB - Co-Star
Jamie Downey - Co-Star
Marva Alexander - Co-Star
Lauretta Gavin - Co-Star
Martin Wilde - Co-Star
Sian Mine - Co-Star
Klariza Clayton - Co-Star
Grace Vallorani - Co-Star
Sue Farr - Co-Star
Michelle Tate - Co-Star
Orla O'Rourke - Co-Star
Danny Freitas - Co-Star
Mens-Sana Tamakloe - Co-Star
Charlie Ramsay - Co-Star
Pete Ford - Co-Star
Ian Vantemperley - Co-Star
Erol Mehmet - Co-Star
Chris Pollard - Co-Star
Robert Styles - Co-Star
Tony Messiah - Co-Star
Ian Pead - Co-Star
Amy Edge - Co-Star
Jack O'Connell - Co-Star
David Bradley - Co-Star
Lee Oakes - Co-Star
Sean Harris - Co-Star
Robert B. Hunt - Co-Star
Gary Connery - Co-Star
Gary Hoptrough - Co-Star
Andy Merchant - Co-Star
Joe Gilgun - Co-Star
Raza Jaffrey - Co-Star
Rad Kaim - Co-Star
Roy Taylor - Co-Star
Belinda McGinley - Co-Star
Ashley George - Co-Star
Amanda Foster - Co-Star
Andy Pilgrim - Co-Star
Marvin Stewart-Campbell - Co-Star
Andy Wareham - Co-Star
Ashley McGuire - Co-Star
Claire Hackett - Co-Star
Daniel Barber - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2009
UPC 00043396353800
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 103 minutes
Color (unknown/unconverted)
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  2.35:1
Reviews
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review Harry Brown is a revenge thriller poised somewhere between Death Wish and Gran Torino. All three depend on the ability of an older actor to convince us that he's still capable of violence, and all three spend a great deal of time alone with their characters, whose faces must reflect their inner feelings. Charles Bronson, Clint Eastwood, Michael Caine: Those are faces sculpted by time...Caine plays an old man with a dying wife. He lives in a London housing estate used by a drug gang as its own turf. Pedestrians are terrorized and beaten, drugs are openly sold, there are some areas understood as no-go. From his high window, Harry hears a car alarm and looks down to see the car's owner come out and be beaten by thugs. This is the daily reality...The police investigation is misdirected for political motives. Frampton has an excellent notion of who may be responsible for the killings of neighborhood hoods, but cannot get a hearing. It would not do for a geezer to outdo the police. Vigilante activity is of course not the answer to urban crime, but what is? In Chicago, Daley floods many area with cops, and shootings continue nearby. It's all fueled by drugs and drug money, of course. You know, one of the areas where I think Libertarians may be right is about the legalization of drugs. There would be less of them with no profit motive for their sale. Less money for guns. Fewer innocent bystanders would die. Who knows?...This movie plays better than perhaps it should. Directed as a debut by Daniel Barber, it places story and character above manufactured "thrills" and works better. We are all so desperately weary of CGI that replaces drama. With movies like this, humans creep back into crime stories. There is a clear thread connecting this Michael Caine and the Caine of The Ipcress File. You may not be able to see it, but it's there.
ReviewDate
ReviewPage
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 7
Features
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.35:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), No Longer Produced
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD
Quotes
J.R. Jones, Chicago Reader Like Eastwood and other actors of his vintage, Caine brings to the project not only his own formidable skills but more than half a century of movie history.
Mark Dinning, Empire Essential stuff, even by the big man's considerable standards.

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