V’18: OCTOBER 25 – NOVEMBER 8, 2018

Harry Brown

V' 12

Harry Brown

Daniel Barber
GB, 2009
102min, OF

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Harry Brown

Daniel Barber
GB, 2009
, 102min, OF

Actors: 
Michael Caine
Harry Brown
Emily Mortimer
Alice Frampton
Charlie Creed-Miles
Terry Hicock
David Bradley
Leonard Attwell
Screenplay: 
Gary Young
Sound: 
Gillian Dodders
Camera: 
Martin Ruhe
Editor: 
Joe Walker
Composer: 
Ruth Barrett
Martin Phipps
Decoration: 
Kave Quinn
Costume: 
Jane Petrie

Production: 
Marv Films, Prescience, HanWay Films, UK Film Council, Framestore Features
Format: 
35 mm
Color

HARRY BROWN is a revenge thriller poised somewhere between DEATH WISH and GRAN TORINO. Michael Caine plays an old man with a dying wife. He lives in a London housing estate used by a drug gang as its own turf. Pedestrians are terrorized and beaten, drugs are openly sold, there are some areas understood as no-go. From his high window, Harry hears a car alarm and looks down to see the car's owner come out and be beaten by thugs. This is the daily reality. Michael Caine is a subtle actor who builds characters from the inside out. His voice has become so familiar over the years, that it’s an old friend. In this film, he begins as a lonely, sad geezer, and gradually an earlier persona emerges, that of a British marine who served in northern Ireland. All of that has been put in a box and locked away, he says, and thinks. (Roger Ebert)

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