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31 August 1990 (UK) See more »
Nothing hits as hard as the things that are really worth fighting for...
An unemployed Scottish miner (Liam Neeson) is forced into bare-knuckle boxing to make ends meet. | Add synopsis »
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Rocky / Hard Times * Scotland = The Big Man See more (4 total) »


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Kenny Ireland ... Tony

Liam Neeson ... Danny Scoular

Joanne Whalley ... Beth Scoular (as Joanne Whalley-Kilmer)

Billy Connolly ... Frankie
Johnny Beattie ... Beth's Father (as John Beattie)

Amanda Walker ... Beth's Mother

George Rossi ... Eddie

Ian Bannen ... Matt Mason

Pat Roach ... Billy
Andrew Meaden ... Wee Danny
Ashleigh Thomas ... Young Kate
Joseph Greig ... Willie
Sean Scanlan ... Alan

Peter Mullan ... Vince
James Copeland ... Sam
Macarena Domenguez ... Woman at Pool

Ken Drury ... Stalker

Maurice Roëves ... Cam Colvin
Ralph Riach ... Laundry Manager
Michael Marra ... Alex the Butcher
Phil McCall ... Sandy the Chemist
Tom Watson ... Tommy Brogan

Hugh Grant ... Gordon

Julie Graham ... Melanie
Juliet Cadzow ... Margaret Mason
Carol Ann Muir ... Sandra
Subash Singh Pall ... Drinker
Jonathan Hackett ... Roddy Stewart

Jack Shepherd ... Referee

Rab Affleck ... Cutty Dawson

Douglas Henshall ... Davie Dawson (as Dougie Henshall)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Pauline Montgomerie ... Girl at school

Directed by
David Leland 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Don MacPherson 
William McIlvanney  book

Produced by
Mike Lowrie .... associate producer
Redmond Morris .... associate producer
Nik Powell .... executive producer
Bob Weinstein .... co-executive producer
Harvey Weinstein .... co-executive producer
Stephen Woolley .... producer
Original Music by
Ennio Morricone 
Cinematography by
Ian Wilson 
Film Editing by
George Akers 
Casting by
Susie Figgis 
Production Design by
Caroline Amies 
Art Direction by
Tom Brown 
Andy Harris  (as Andrew Harris)
Costume Design by
Mary-Jane Reyner 
Makeup Department
Robert McCann .... assistant makeup artist
Annie McEwan .... hair stylist (as Anne McEwan)
Jenny Shircore .... makeup artist
Production Management
David Brown .... production manager
Elizabeth Karlsen .... production supervisor
Adam Park .... post-production supervisor
Susan Slonaker .... executive in charge of production
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David Brown .... first assistant director
Neil Calder .... third assistant director
Pedro Lazaga .... second assistant director
Gus Maclean .... second assistant director
Art Department
Brian Adams .... carpenter
David Balfour .... property master
Ross Balfour .... construction manager
Hector Chronos .... prop assistant
John Donnelly .... stagehand
Derek Ede .... stand-by stagehand
Steve Ede .... chargehand carpenter
Gordon Fitzgerald .... props
Tracey Gallacher .... art department assistant
Brian Gilmore .... painter
Michael Gunner .... painter (as Micky Gunner)
Patrick Harkins .... stand-by props
Piero Jamieson .... props
Nick Lloyd .... stand-by carpenter
Colin Lovering .... stand-by painter
Zoe MacLeod .... set dresser
Stewart McWilliams .... carpenter
Jerry Organ .... production buyer
Stuart Saville .... carpenter
Douggie Snape .... stagehand
Bob Starrett .... chargehand painter
John Watt .... carpenter
Steve Wheeler .... dressing props (as Stephen Wheeler)
Sound Department
Peter Best .... supervising sound editor
Terry Busby .... assistant sound effects editor
Michael A. Carter .... sound re-recording mixer
Simon Chirgwin .... trainee sound technician
Tony Cook .... boom operator
Mike Dowson .... adr mixer
Mike Dowson .... foley mixer
John Ireland .... sound editor
Tim Lewiston .... assistant sound effects editor
Bob Mullen .... assistant dubbing editor
Colin Nicolson .... sound mixer
Otto Snel .... sound re-recording mixer
Kevin Tayler .... sound re-recording mixer
Becky Thomson .... sound assistant
Les Wiggins .... sound effects editor
Special Effects by
Perry Costello .... armourer
Ian Armstrong .... stunts
Marc Boyle .... stunt arranger
Scott Cowan .... stunts
Bill Little .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
John Barry .... stand-by rigger
Kenny Byrne .... focus puller
Steve Griffiths .... electrician
Gordon Gronbach .... trainee camera operator
Micky Hand .... best boy
Tom Hilton .... still photographer
Malcolm Huse .... grip
Dennis Kington .... Steadicam operator
Bernard McCabe .... practical electrician
Brian McGee .... generator operator
Sam Robson .... practical electrician
Norman Smith .... gaffer
Alan Taylor .... electrician
George Thompson .... electrician
Mike Valentine .... underwater camera operator (as Michael Valentine)
Mike Valentine .... underwater camera
Lorna Will .... clapper loader
Ian Wilson .... camera operator
Casting Department
Abi Cohen .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Kate Carin .... wardrobe supervisor
Iain Macaulay .... wardrobe assistant
Editorial Department
Charles Ireland .... second assistant editor
Dennis McTaggart .... first assistant editor
Music Department
Enrico DeMelis .... music coordinator (as nrico De Melis)
Sergio Marcotulli .... scoring mixer
Other crew
Mark Albela .... production assistant
Sara Barr .... assistant to director
Jenifer Booth .... accounts assistant
Diane Chittell .... production coordinator
Louise Coulter .... production accountant
Brian Donovan .... location manager
Tracy Drew .... title designer
Michael Garland .... assistant accountant
Tommy Gormley .... production runner
Andrew MacDonald Brown .... location manager
John Murtagh .... fight arranger
Peter Ogunsalu .... assistant: Mr. Woolley
Pat Rambaut .... script supervisor
Sally Stevens .... assistant to producer
Colleen Woodcock .... publicist

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Big Man" - UK (original title)
"The Big Man: Crossing the Line" - USA (video title)
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116 min | USA:93 min
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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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14 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Rocky / Hard Times * Scotland = The Big Man, 15 February 2004
Author: Mick Dundee from Dudley, England

This started as an entertaining mix between Rocky and Hard Times (with a British twist) but as the film moves on a lot of hidden depth shows and the real quality of this film starts to shine through. The plot is about Danny Scholar (played superbly by Liam Neeson), an unemployed ex-miner who is struggling to put food on the table for his family. He is offered money by a local crime boss to compete in a bare knuckle fight yet the details of why he is fighting are left ambiguous. He accepts but is soon caught up in more than he expected when the real reasons behind the fight become apparent. This is all set in a small working class village in Scotland. Liam Neeson is joined by a superb cast including Billy Connolly, Joanne Whalley-Kilmer and none other than Hugh Grant before he became a megastar. There's also lots of familiar faces from British TV. The settings are what I enjoyed most about this film, maybe because a large portion of the films I watch are set abroad and it was nice to see something closer to home. Especially in a film that was very down-to-earth and realistic. This is reflected in the actual fight, I'm not lying when I say it's got to be the most brutal, realistic and down right nasty fist fight I've seen on screen. Imagine Hard Times just with five times more blood and dirty tactics and that's basically what you've got. But where as Hard Times was more action orientated this leans more towards drama with the only action scene being the excellent fist fight in the middle. Oh did I forget the score for the film was also composed by the legendary Ennio Morricone. Everything just felt like some real time and effort was put in to make this and this is clearly apparent when watching it. Recommended!

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