The life story of Howard Marks, an elite British drug smuggler.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Craig Lovato
Ernie Combs
Saleem Malik
Hamilton McMillan
Ilze Kadegis
Graham Plinston
Patrick Lane
Sara Sugarman ...
Edna Marks
Dennis Marks
Alan Marcuson
Kinsey Packard ...
Patti Hayes


Mr Nice is the true life story of Howard Marks who was born into a coal mining family in South Wales in 1940's and then made it to Oxford University to study nuclear physics during the swinging sixties. With the help of fellow students, Marks built a worldwide marijuana smuggling network which became responsible for the majority of the drug smoked in the Western world during the 1970s and 1980s. Marks' adventures led him to have dealings with the CIA, PLO, IRA and the Mafia and he even became an MI6 agent himself for a period. Howard Marks is played by the brilliant Rhys Ivans, who won much acclaim for his portrayal of the folk hero. Written by anon - copyright free.

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43 Aliases. 89 Phone Lines. This is the Story of Howard Marks. See more »


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Release Date:

3 June 2011 (USA)  »

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Opening Weekend:

£134,846 (UK) (15 October 2010)

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Did You Know?


That really is David Thewlis' penis that we get a glimpse of in a poolside scene. Originally his agent rang up and spoke to writer-director Bernard Rose, saying that he couldn't possibly reveal his penis as he was in the Harry Potter films! Thewlis however disagreed. See more »


In the Spanish-language court scene, the subtitles use the phrase "flaunt the law." This is a common error: the correct phrase is "flout the law." See more »


Howard Marks: A dealer is really just someone who buys more dope than he can smoke. And I have to say, I'm ashamed, I tried to smoke it all. There was just too fuckin' much of it.
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Crazy Credits

The credits appear over a super slow motion shot of Howard Marks (Rhys Ifans) lighting and taking a toke from a joint. See more »


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My 358th Review: Given the material this is not up to par
26 January 2011 | by (the big screen) – See all my reviews

Howard Marks' biography remains one of the more fascinating and erudite, and just plain gobsmaking pieces of the past 20 years. He captured the zeitgeist and his book is full of bathos, bravado, and even some pathos.

The film does not capture this well. Shot in a very linear fashion we get a A-Z account of the life, but it suffers from that film biography sickness of making the events govern - and though we get those events quite frankly it gets pretty dull pretty quickly.

Given the talent here they should have gone for laughs, and though there are some, they are few and far between. What we have ended up with is a mediocre drama about the relationship between the IRA and a drug dealer - and honestly, even though it is viewable, it's not exactly brilliant.

If drugs are your thing I guess you may enjoy it. I was hoping for something less brash, less linear, and just more. The fault lies mainly in the script, the script is just not picking the superb moments that would have lifted this to another level, and is way too "and then this happens."

Given the material this could have been an excellent film, it's just OK.

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