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Crossing the Line (1990)

The Big Man (original title)
An unemployed Scottish miner (Liam Neeson) is forced into bare-knuckle boxing to make ends meet.

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David Leland
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kenny Ireland Kenny Ireland ... Tony
Liam Neeson ... Danny Scoular
Joanne Whalley ... Beth Scoular (as Joanne Whalley-Kilmer)
Billy Connolly ... Frankie
Johnny Beattie Johnny Beattie ... Beth's Father (as John Beattie)
Amanda Walker ... Beth's Mother
George Rossi ... Eddie
Ian Bannen ... Matt Mason
Pat Roach ... Billy
Andrew Meaden Andrew Meaden ... Wee Danny
Ashleigh Thomas Ashleigh Thomas ... Young Kate
Joseph Greig Joseph Greig ... Willie
Sean Scanlan Sean Scanlan ... Alan
Peter Mullan ... Vince
James Copeland James Copeland ... Sam
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An unemployed Scottish miner (Liam Neeson) is forced into bare-knuckle boxing to make ends meet.

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Nothing hits as hard as the things that are really worth fighting for...

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Sport

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 August 1990 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

The Big Man: Crossing the Line See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,248, 9 August 1991, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$59,227
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Rankcolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Billy Connolly says that while filming the sex scene with Melanie (Julie Graham), the director urged him (and Julie) to be more enthusiastic, vocal and vulgar. Billy said that he's not like that in real-life. Just "mildly grateful" that he's having sex. See more »

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Shortened and retitled for US release. See more »

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Liam Neeson is a raging bull.
31 October 1999 | by James B.See all my reviews

I liked this film a lot. It is about a working-class family in a town in Scotland, with the father (Liam Neeson) and mother (Whalley-Kilmer) at odds. At issue is Neeson's desire to earn for his family, in a more lucrative measure than he did during the dozen years he spent as a miner.

When Neeson receives an offer to get back into the ring for a bare-knuckles fight in Glasgow, he accepts - for the money, he says, though there are intimations that fighting is more than a job for him. The fight has been organized by two local shady characters, and the organized crime element looms large in the film. The resulting conflicts envelop Neeson, his family and friends, and his community.

There is a lot of talent at work in "The Big Man" (also called "Crossing the Line"), including excellent music by the legendary Ennio Morricone. Hugh Grant has a cameo doing a passable Scottish accent. Neeson is, of course, a world-class actor, and anything he is in is worthwhile seeing.

The production feels like a labor of love for all concerned, and the results show. The fight scene is not for the faint of heart.


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