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

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Craig Lovato
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Ernie Combs
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Saleem Malik
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Hamilton McMillan
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Ilze Kadegis
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Graham Plinston
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Patrick Lane
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Edna Marks
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Dennis Marks
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Maureen
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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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drugs | mi6 | ira | cia | smuggler | See All (21) »

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3 June 2011 (USA)  »

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£134,846 (UK) (15 October 2010)
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Trivia

Rhys Ifans became firm friends with Howard Marks several years before the film was made, and extracted a promise that he would star if a movie of the dealer's life was ever produced. See more »

Goofs

When Howard Marks crashes his car in Ireland, it's obvious that the car went further than the film makers expected as the camera jerks untidily to the right to keep it in shot. See more »

Quotes

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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Don't Bogart Me
by Fraternity of Man
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13 October 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

A film that in theory couldn't go wrong with some of the stories Howard has got in his arsenal. But the film was slightly off aim; mainly by concentrating more on his family life than action packed drug deals or comedy situations. Lets face it, the reason everyone wants to read and now watch about Marks is not his loyalty as a husband or devotion as a father.

Director Bernard Rose just seemed to go the wrong way about telling the story of Mr Nice. With very dry arresting scenes which are better left played out in your head with Howard's narration or read in the book.The film does have its up points however with David Thewlis putting in a master class performance as crazy Irish IRA Jim McCann which left me half wanting the film to be all about him. Rhys Ifans played the part of Mr Nice with that particular Marks swagger which his fans know and love him for and pulls it off well.

The film has pockets of comedy which helps numb the slow two hours of product, but at times it doesn't seem to know what it is a good witty British film to an ITV drama.


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