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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
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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Every man has a breaking point. 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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2.35 : 1
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Daniel Barber's feature debut. 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 Death Wish (1974) See more »


White Collar Grime
Performed by Mistabishi
Written and produced by James Pullen
By arrangement by Songs in The Key of Krille publishing
Courtesy of Hospital Records
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Great talent supporting an Impressive film about Fundamental issues!
28 November 2009 | by (Belgium) – See all my reviews

To start with, much credit must be given to the director and the cast for this dramatic masterpiece. All the actors, be it the talented Michael Caine or the younger members representing the gang, delivered an excellent performance contributing to the disturbing realism this film was able to achieve.

Combined with the perfect soundtrack, this film addresses the very contemporary issues that are violence and injustice in our supposedly civilised nations. Unlike Banlieue 13 which used the same kind of context to produce a superfluous action flick, or Gran Torino which confronts the issue from the perspective of racism, the realism of Harry Brown cannot but make us aware of our flawed individualistic society.

This film depicts the destructive environment in which the unfortunate many attempt to survive the anger, the fear and the injustice which inevitably feed the criminality plaguing our "evolved" world.

Not only is this film Oscar worthy, but most importantly, worth your while. If you enjoy good cinema and a good philosophical debate, then you will most definitively appreciate this genuine perspective on humanity!

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