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Crossing the Line (1990)
"The Big Man" (original title)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Sport  |  31 August 1990 (UK)
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An unemployed Scottish miner (Liam Neeson) is forced into bare-knuckle boxing to make ends meet.

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Kenny Ireland ...
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Danny Scoular
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Beth Scoular (as Joanne Whalley-Kilmer)
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Frankie
Johnny Beattie ...
Beth's Father (as John Beattie)
Amanda Walker ...
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George Rossi ...
Eddie
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Pat Roach ...
Billy
Andrew Meaden ...
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Ashleigh Thomas ...
Young Kate
Joseph Greig ...
Willie
Sean Scanlan ...
Alan
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James Copeland ...
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An unemployed Scottish miner (Liam Neeson) is forced into bare-knuckle boxing to make ends meet.

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Nothing hits as hard as the things that are really worth fighting for...

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Billy Connolly says that whilst filming the sex scene with Melanie ('Julie Graham (I)'), the director urged him (and Julie) to be more enthusiastic, vocal and vulgar. Billy said that he's not like that in real life. Just "mildly grateful" that he's having sex. See more »

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Liam Neeson is a raging bull.
31 October 1999 | by (madison, wi.) – See all my reviews

I liked this film a lot. It is about a working-class family in a town in Scotland, with the father (Liam Neeson) and mother (Whalley-Kilmer) at odds. At issue is Neeson's desire to earn for his family, in a more lucrative measure than he did during the dozen years he spent as a miner.

When Neeson receives an offer to get back into the ring for a bare-knuckles fight in Glasgow, he accepts - for the money, he says, though there are intimations that fighting is more than a job for him. The fight has been organized by two local shady characters, and the organized crime element looms large in the film. The resulting conflicts envelop Neeson, his family and friends, and his community.

There is a lot of talent at work in "The Big Man" (also called "Crossing the Line"), including excellent music by the legendary Ennio Morricone. Hugh Grant has a cameo doing a passable Scottish accent. Neeson is, of course, a world-class actor, and anything he is in is worthwhile seeing.

The production feels like a labor of love for all concerned, and the results show. The fight scene is not for the faint of heart.


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