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

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

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


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£134,846 (UK) (15 October 2010)

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£528,534 (UK) (15 October 2010)
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The rights to Howard Marks' book were originally sold to the BBC who intended to make a TV movie about his life. However, this met with a lot of criticism from the company's shareholders so they were forced to sell the rights on. See more »

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When Howard enters the prison, the sign says "LORRACH GEFÄNGNIS". In fact, the city is called "Lörrach". See more »

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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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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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Fun with serious intent
14 October 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Mr Nice is a rare beast of a film, it swaggers, it spits, it dreams, it punches, it laughs, it cries and of course and likely above all it gets stoned.

Howard Marks is the central character played effortlessly by Rhys Ifans, a welsh school boy turned big city student and pothead. We see Marks transformation through a series of off beat scenes in which director Bernard Rose reflects on Marks' humble, banal yet honest origins. Then our protagonist through a combination youthful substance experimentation and a fateful convergence of circumstances is established as an international Drug smuggler,

We are gradually introduced to a plethora of interesting characters that vary from casual love interests to drug dealing allies, who materialise as Ifans travels deeper into Marks' world of dope, dealing and debauchery. Amongst the group are fine supporting efforts notably from David Thewlis who delivers the hilariously cranky IRA terrorist turned middle man Jim. Chloë Sevigny convinces as the overly supportive wife and mother Judy and Omid Djalili sparkles intermittently as the Pakistani pusher Saleem Malik.

The film takes us through the tumultuous times of sex, drugs, betrayal, greed, prison and pot which Marks and his merry men navigate their way through against a lush backdrop of 70's pastiche. By the time we get to the stories conclusion we have great connections with the characters motives as a result of the superb cast and due to an impressive directorial mesh of humour and grit from Rose what's left is the best British film of the year to date.

8/10


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