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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)
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Noel Winters (as Ben Drew)
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Stunt Neighbour (as Marvin Stewart-Campbell)
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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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Every man has a breaking point. See more »


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

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14 May 2010 (USA)  »

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Hari Braun  »

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$7,300,000 (estimated)

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£1,271,814 (UK) (15 November 2009)

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$1,818,681 (USA) (8 August 2010)
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Features three actors who portray characters on HBO's Game of Thrones (2011), including David Bradley (Walder Frey), Iain Glen (Jorah Mormont), and Liam Cunningham (Davos Seaworth). See more »

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The underpass in the movie is around 30 miles from Harry's house in south London where the movie is set. I walked to school through that underpass many years ago. It goes under the A12 and is off Padnall Road Marks Gate Essex UK and connects to Warren Terrace, it is north of Dagenham and west of Romford . When Harrry looks out of a broken window at the kids in the underpass you can see the road sign showing right for Dagenham left for Marks Gate. There is no canal on either side or high rise buildings like Harry's home anywhere near so they used a different location for those shots. When he walks to the hospital there are none that he would need to go through the underpass to. The nearest one would be King George Hospital just over a mile to the right that he could use the underpass to get to but could walk along the A12 and cross later, but he walks left, there is one further to the left in Romford but he would be a lot quicker going to the bus stop (in shot) and getting a bus there. The entrance to the underpass has steel poles at the beginning and white fencing at the end of the movie, it was replaced and the underpass is painted white in a clean up for the movie. 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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References Dr. No (1962) See more »

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(1983)
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Written by Gary Kemp from Spandau Ballet (uncredited)
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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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