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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.

Director:

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:

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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Rankcolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Billy Connolly said that he had been waiting for a good reason to finally shave off his famous goatee beard but never had one, until director, David Leland asked him to do it for this film. After doing so, he remarked that when he saw himself in the mirror, "he looked like a potato"! See more »

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Rocky / Hard Times * Scotland = The Big Man
15 February 2004 | by Mick DundeeSee all my reviews

This started as an entertaining mix between Rocky and Hard Times (with a British twist) but as the film moves on a lot of hidden depth shows and the real quality of this film starts to shine through. The plot is about Danny Scholar (played superbly by Liam Neeson), an unemployed ex-miner who is struggling to put food on the table for his family. He is offered money by a local crime boss to compete in a bare knuckle fight yet the details of why he is fighting are left ambiguous. He accepts but is soon caught up in more than he expected when the real reasons behind the fight become apparent. This is all set in a small working class village in Scotland. Liam Neeson is joined by a superb cast including Billy Connolly, Joanne Whalley-Kilmer and none other than Hugh Grant before he became a megastar. There's also lots of familiar faces from British TV. The settings are what I enjoyed most about this film, maybe because a large portion of the films I watch are set abroad and it was nice to see something closer to home. Especially in a film that was very down-to-earth and realistic. This is reflected in the actual fight, I'm not lying when I say it's got to be the most brutal, realistic and down right nasty fist fight I've seen on screen. Imagine Hard Times just with five times more blood and dirty tactics and that's basically what you've got. But where as Hard Times was more action orientated this leans more towards drama with the only action scene being the excellent fist fight in the middle. Oh did I forget the score for the film was also composed by the legendary Ennio Morricone. Everything just felt like some real time and effort was put in to make this and this is clearly apparent when watching it. Recommended!


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