Mr Nice

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Mr Nice

Bernard Rose (2010)

18 Certificate


Our Score
It makes a change to see a movie about criminality that doesn't romanticise male bonding and violence. And by glossing over some of the nastier aspects of the illegal hashish trade, director Bernard Rose's film works very nicely as an elegant if somewhat fey alternative. Essentially it's a biopic, with Rhys Ifans as Howard Marks, the highly intelligent Welsh Oxford graduate who, in the 1970s, became the world's most prolific drug smuggler. But Rose intentionally blurs fact and fiction, creating more of a sense of myth than reality. The rights and wrongs of this are open to debate, especially when Marks is seen cavorting with Mujahidin soldiers and crackpot IRA terrorists. There's a brilliantly bizarre cameo by David Thewlis as Republican rebel Jim McCann and an underused Chloë Sevigny as Marks's wife, Judy, and look hard for director Ken Russell in a small role. The scenes leading up to Marks's comeuppance are exciting and darkly comic, though the movie becomes frustratingly busy in the final scenes. But it gives a very good sense of why a bright young man would leave teacher training to become the most wanted man in Britain.


Biopic of 1970s marijuana trafficker Howard Marks, whose inventive smuggling schemes made him a huge success in the drug trade, as well as leading to dealings with both the IRA and British Intelligence. However, his efforts to crack the American market look set to bring about his downfall. Starring Rhys Ifans, Chloe Sevigny and David Thewlis.

Cast & Crew

Howard Marks Rhys Ifans
Judy Marks Chloë Sevigny
Jim McCann David Thewlis
Salem Malik Omid Djalili
Craig Lovato Luis Tosar
Hamilton McMillan Christian McKay
Patrick Lane Jamie Harris
Director Bernard Rose
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: E1 EntertainmentGuidance: Sex scenes, drug abuse.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 8 Oct 2010