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Harry Brown (2009)

R  |   |  Action, Crime, Drama  |  14 May 2010 (USA)
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An elderly ex-serviceman and widower looks to avenge his best friend's murder by doling out his own form of justice.



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D.S. Terry Hicock (as Charlie Creed Miles)
Jamie Downey ...
Lee Oakes ...
Marva Alexander ...
Nurse #1
Liz Daniels ...
Stunt Neighbour (as Marvin Stewart-Campbell)


In England, retired Royal Marine Harry Brown spends his lonely life between the hospital, where his beloved wife Kath is terminally ill, and playing chess with his only friend Leonard Attwell in the Barge pub owned by Sid Rourke. After the death of Kath, Len tells his grieving friend that the local gang is harassing him and he is carrying an old bayonet for self-defense; the widower suggests him to go to the police. When Len is beaten, then stabbed to death in an underground passage, Inspector Alice Frampton and her partner Sergeant Terry Hicock are sent to investigate. They pay Harry a visit but don't have good news; the police have not found any other evidence, other than the bayonet, in order to arrest the hoodlums. This mean that should the case go to trial the gang would claim self-defense. Harry Brown sees that justice will not be granted and decides to take matters into his own hands. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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One man will take a stand. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence and language throughout, drug use and sexual content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

14 May 2010 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Hari Braun  »

Box Office


$7,300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,271,814 (UK) (13 November 2009)


$1,818,681 (USA) (6 August 2010)

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Did You Know?


The song at the end of the film is called 'End Credits', it is by Chase and Status featuring Plan B (Ben Drew). Ben Drew played Noel Winters in this film. See more »


Harry is explaining to Len about his military past and says "When I met my Kath I knew all that stuff must be locked away. I made that decision all those years ago and stuck to it". Yet, on his mantelpiece, as later noticed by DI Frampton, there is a photo of Harry in his Royal Marines uniform - not all "that stuff" was locked away then. See more »


[first lines]
Man1: Do you want it, fella, huh?
Man2: Yeah.
Man1: Because you wanted this yesterday, brother. You wanna do this shit?
Man2: Let's go.
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References Taxi Driver (1976) See more »


Written by Gary Kemp from Spandau Ballet (uncredited)
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Great Film - Well Worth Watching
3 November 2009 | by (Glasgow) – See all my reviews

Saw this film last night and wanted to applaud the British film-makers for producing this great film.

It is a film which made me literally jump from my seat with excellent filmotography.I feel this is a film well worth watching and as mentioned in the trailers, it has to be the best British film of the year.

I do not think any more British releases will be able to compete with this film.

Michael Caine's acting is as usual superb and he has once again showed his professionalism in a different way.

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