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

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$7,300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,271,814 (UK) (13 November 2009)

Gross:

$1,818,681 (USA) (6 August 2010)
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Features 3 actors who portray characters on HBO's Game of Thrones, including David Bradley (Walder Frey), Iain Glen (Jorah Mormont), and Liam Cunningham (Davos Seaworth). See more »

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During the riot scene, a Volvo hatchback is torched using a petrol bomb. Later in the sequence the car is seen again, and the fire has gone out. It is possible, although unlikely, that the petrol did not ignite the interior (accelerants in isolation do not burn for long), but the car body shows no oxidation or paint damage, even around the roof. See more »

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[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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Modern Britain
10 November 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This film accurately depicts life in modern Britain today.

Not the image of a flowing rolling countryside of middle class England which is often depicted in typical international films but one of an inner city "sink" estate - Elephant & Castle in London - with all of its associated problems.

I saw the film last night and it brought back all the memories I have of having lived in similar circumstances.

Michael Caine is excellent, this is probably one of his best films and I expect film nominations for his role.

The film gives a gritty but realistic view of the life most people live on the sink estates of Britain, all are there through no choice of their own, but some are aware of the conditions they are forced to live in.

I don't think we'll see the British government promoting this film as it portraits the country in a very bad light, though, if you are not from Britain and would like a taste of what some of us have to put up with I recommend you see this film.

Overall, a very well put together film which will make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up at times.

Well done Michael and all of the team.


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