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Harry Brown [DVD]

Michael Caine    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (222 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Michael Caine
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Lions Gate Home Entertainment
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (222 customer reviews)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Stand Up & Fight... 11 Oct 2010
Gritty, real British flick with Michael Caine doing what many of us want to do ourselves in standing up for the cause. Thugs, drugs and violence tied into a gripping, believable storyline outlining events on a nasty, London council estate. The story captures life viewed from a vulnerable point of view and typifies the yob culture of today. Good film, worth watching.
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101 of 109 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 3 Dec 2009
A very, very grim look at a London council estate, full of thuggish hoodies doing drug deals and fighting in the street, Harry brown is downbeat in all aspects. The camera work and lighting are a mix of shakey hand held, and monotone colours.

Michael Caine gives a pitch perfect performance as a quiet pensioner living among this hellish estate, watching from the windows of his flat the chaos around him. His quiet existence is shattered when his freind is beaten to death by the young thugs. Not long after he is confronted by one young scumbag and uses his old military skills to defend himself. From this point on it really is a case of Caine getting a gun and exacting revenge on the gang, eventually leading to a tension filled conclusion where few survive.

Whilst the subject matter is very grim, the film is so well constructed in story, characterisation, performances and direction, that it is an enjoyable movie experience. Be warned though this is full of very graphic violence, and bad language. Most people draw a comparison to this and Death wish, but it is actually closer in terms of look, feel and story of the Sean Bean thriller Outlaw.
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83 of 90 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Caine's best for along time 22 Dec 2009
This is British cinema at its best. Michael Caine plays Harry Brown; a widowed ex-marine, who lives alone on one of South London's sink estates and keeps himself to himself. One day his one and only friend is murdered by the feral youths who run the estate and something in Harry snaps. He says early on that his military life was locked away and forgotten when he met his late wife and now it comes back with a vengeance as he seeks justice in his own way. Caine is outstanding as Harry Brown and portrays perfectly the hopelessness and loneliness of so many old people in this country today. No punches are pulled in displaying the futility of life on this estates either. Having worked in places like this it was very familiar and discomforting. When you watch this film in the comfort of your comfy living room remember that thousands of people live like this. This film doesn't glamourise violence and gun play in the way of so many American films but shows the desperate lengths that the hero goes to for justice when the police can't or won't get it for him. When Harry Brown gets a gun its because he sees the enemy has them, not because its a natural thing for him to do. If Caine doesn't get at least an Oscar nomination for this then there ain't no justice there either.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Michael Caine does iy again 7 Jun 2010
Whether you are a fan of Michael Caine or not the credulity of the characters he portrays is always convincing - Harry Brown is certainly no exception. From a shocking, if not jolting, introduction; the pace, to begin with, is slow and tedious to the point where one wonders when the story will come to life, but when it does, it does so with a gritty realism and truly shocking and violent climax. Made very believable in the times in which we live, I thought about this film for days - a reflection of how moving the story, acting and direction were. Then I had to watch it again!
More realistically violent than Get Carter, an accurate and brutal synopsis of life for the underclasses where housing estate living is dominated by ferral conscienceless youths - Harry Brown sums up the pathetic state of a once proud nation which originally built these social cess pits as "homes for heroes" after the 2nd world war.
An accurate social commentary on the way many people are forced to live today - and a cracking good movie!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
After being initiated into a gang and handed a gun, an intoxicated boy rides around on a motorcycle and kills a young mum walking with her baby in the park. The video footage is captured on a mobile phone - the realism of the amateur video highlights the savagery and the futility of such an inhuman act. It's a scene which demonstrates the mob rule which exists in a London suburb and sets the tone of the film perfectly...

Michael Caine, the renaissance man of cinema, plays the elderly Harry Brown sitting at home alone witnessing the violent goings on outside his block of flats as his ill wife fades away in hospital. His only friend Len is a victim in his own home, with local gangs who spit in his face and put dog dirt through his letterbox. The sight of a proud old man crying because he is too scared to live is a powerful one, but his misery is soon ended when he is found dead after being pushed too far and confronts the mob.

The world in which Harry exists is one of fear and mindless assaults, the rough estate is melting pot for extreme violence where the locals are terrorised on a daily basis, but the terror here doesn't come from a political group, it's from a minority of disillusioned youths who have such a destructive impact on the folk around them. There's no Batman here, no superhero to bring justice to those who live in constant fear, but sometimes justice can come in the most surprising of forms and Harry has nothing left to lose. Michael Caine is superb in the lead role and the rest of the cast are equally convincing. The character of Harry Brown sounds so contrived; an ex-Royal Marine is pushed to his limit and takes revenge on behalf of his victimised neighbours.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
What a brill performance Micheal Caine gives great thought provoking film
Published 6 days ago by lainy9
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
I didn't want to watch this at first; I don't think you can better Charles Bronson and the premise of this is similar. But I was wrong. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Tracey D. Porter
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic film, saw it on television and enjoyed it ...
Fantastic film, saw it on television and enjoyed it so much wanted to see it again.
A bit violent and not what you expect from a Michael Caine film but very gripping. Read more
Published 20 days ago by mrs.s.samworth
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good film
Published 26 days ago by Mrs. D. Greig Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
good film,
Published 1 month ago by truckman020
5.0 out of 5 stars Watch this film and you'll hate them all
Outstanding film in everyway. No heroics here, just a view of the vicious sections of our society. Watch this film and you'll hate them all. Michael Caine on peak form.
Published 1 month ago by DEREK C BOWGEN
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Happy with purchase and delivery.
Published 1 month ago by Rob McConnell
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love it!
Published 1 month ago by Ms. L. Corless
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by jeanette
5.0 out of 5 stars One for the men
Bought this for my hubby. Not my cup of tea, but he really enjoyed it. So would say it was a hit
Packaging and delivery spot on as usual
Published 1 month ago by Sue Millar
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