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Harry Brown

  • Drama
  • 2009
  • Daniel Barber
  • 98 mins
  • 18

Summary

An elderly retired marine leads a law-abiding existence on a south London estate, until his best friend is murdered by a local gang. Furious at the police's inability to bring the killers to justice, he takes the law into his own hands to get revenge. Crime thriller, starring Michael Caine, Emily Mortimer, Charlie Creed-Miles, Ben Drew, Iain Glen and Sean Harris.

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Review

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Inevitably, this feature-length debut for director Daniel Barber will be labelled a Death Wish for the noughties, though it has as much to say about social conditions in neglected inner-city areas as it does about Michael Caine's doddery dispenser of justice. Caine plays the title character, a 70-something ex-serviceman living on a run-down estate ruled over by gangs of feral teenagers. When his best friend is murdered, Harry takes matters into his own hands, hobbling into gun-toting, death-dealing action. This gritty British revenge thriller is a shade melodramatic, especially in its portrayal of the gangs - if the kids suddenly sprouted horns, you would hardly be surprised. But Caine is surprisingly convincing as the ageing avenger, even though it's a little uncomfortable to root for a vigilante, no matter what the justification for their actions.

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Credits

Cast

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Harry BrownMichael Caine
Detective Inspector FramptonEmily Mortimer
Detective Sergeant HicockCharlie Creed-Miles
Noel WintersBen Drew
Sid RourkeLiam Cunningham
ChildsIain Glen
Leonard AttwellDavid Bradley (2)
Marky HathawayJack O'Connell (2)
StretchSean Harris
Kenny SoamesJoe Gilgun

Crew

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DirectorDaniel Barber

Details

Theatrical distributor
Lionsgate
Released on
2009-11-06
Language
English
Guidance
Violence, swearing, sex scenes, drug abuse, nudity.
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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