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Mr. Nice (2010)

The life story of Howard Marks, an elite British drug smuggler.


Bernard Rose


Bernard Rose (screenplay), Howard Marks (based on the book by)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rhys Ifans ... Howard Marks
Chloë Sevigny ... Judy Marks
David Thewlis ... Jim McCann
Luis Tosar ... Craig Lovato
Crispin Glover ... Ernie Combs
Omid Djalili ... Saleem Malik
Christian McKay ... Hamilton McMillan
Elsa Pataky ... Ilze Kadegis
Jack Huston ... Graham Plinston
Jamie Harris ... Patrick Lane
Sara Sugarman ... Edna Marks
William Thomas ... Dennis Marks
Andrew Tiernan ... Alan Marcuson
Kinsey Packard Kinsey Packard ... Patti Hayes
Ania Sowinski ... Maureen


Mr Nice is the true life story of Howard Marks who was born into a coal mining family in South Wales in 1940's and then made it to Oxford University to study nuclear physics during the swinging sixties. With the help of fellow students, Marks built a worldwide marijuana smuggling network which became responsible for the majority of the drug smoked in the Western world during the 1970s and 1980s. Marks' adventures led him to have dealings with the CIA, PLO, IRA and the Mafia and he even became an MI6 agent himself for a period. Howard Marks is played by the brilliant Rhys Ivans, who won much acclaim for his portrayal of the folk hero. Written by anon - copyright free.

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Mr. Nice was the name on Howard Marks' false passport, enabling him to do his drug deals. See more »


Throughout the film, there are several occasions when modern UPVC windows are visible - most clearly when the projector is stolen from the school, and in the accountant's office before he gets arrested. See more »


Howard Marks: Am I a criminal now?
Judy Marks: If you break a law that's wrong, that can't be a crime. Not in a moral sense. Why is it against the law? Why make something illegal that expands your consciousness, makes you think? Makes you wanna fuck.
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Crazy Credits

The credits appear over a super slow motion shot of Howard Marks (Rhys Ifans) lighting and taking a toke from a joint. See more »


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12 February 2011 | by katana1See all my reviews

Having watched this tonight i think i can offer a fair review , its a joke to indicate the film doesn't have grounding within the book , there just too alike for words , however the book contains long winded accounts of activity that are tedious and boring , thankfully these sections were omitted from the film , good news then ? well no , sadly also key points in Howard marks life are also not in the film , the result has sections that make no sense whatsoever to the layman , Howard appeared to move around without reason and know people without explanation , the consequences of others actions are also omitted leaving a disjointed and slightly sinister film , there is humour but its not of the lol sort , knowing the film was shot over just 2 months then i think it shows , Howard marks has led a life so rich and varied and yet it simply wasn't portrayed in this film to its fullest , it leaves you with an empty feeling in that the film felt like soup when it could so easily have been steak , Ifans could not have done a better job and the only lightweight in the cast would be Chloe sevigney who didn't have much to say and didn't display a passion in the role , over all the film IMO is worth of a 6.5/10

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