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Crossing the Line (1990)

The Big Man (original title)
An unemployed Scottish miner (Liam Neeson) is forced into bare-knuckle boxing to make ends meet.

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Danny Scoular
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Beth Scoular (as Joanne Whalley-Kilmer)
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Johnny Beattie ...
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Ashleigh Thomas ...
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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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31 August 1990 (UK)  »

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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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Boxer Liam Neeson stands up to his boss, drug dealing Ian Bannen
21 November 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"The Big Man" (1990) aka "Crossing the Line" is a movie propelled almost solely by the intense and energetic performance of Liam Neeson. Ian Bannen scores too, but his role involves more inward intensity, more outward threat and more decadence and nihilism. Neeson is supported well by the acting of Billy Connolly. He plays a friend who works for Bannen and persuades Neeson to train and fight in a bare-fisted contest. Connolly's character is supportive but also weak, manipulative and unsteady. Neeson's wife is played by Joanne Whalley-Kilmer. Her part is not as well-written, and she really can't project it on her own. Her character's motivations in opposition to Neeson's venture never come across convincingly. The settings are brought out well.

Neeson is a great actor whose career has been in the modern era, post-studios, post the earlier greats and giants. The modern material he's had to work with is not up to the classics. He alone cannot elevate a movie like "The Big Man" to classic status, but we can imagine that he outdoes anyone of his generation in handling this role.


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