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Mr Nice [Blu-ray] (Get Three Selected Blu-ray Titles for £17*)

Rhys Ifans , Chloe Sevigny    Suitable for 18 years and over   Blu-ray
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Rhys Ifans, Chloe Sevigny, David Thewlis
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: entertainmentone
  • DVD Release Date: 31 Jan 2011
  • Run Time: 121 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00477V21I
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 58,809 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Bernard Rose writes and directs this comedy drama based on the life of celebrated British drug smuggler Howard Marks. Rhys Ifans stars as Marks, the charismatic Welshman who is drawn into drug dealing after he graduates from Oxford University and qualifies to become a school teacher. Marks's legitimate career soon disappears in a puff of smoke, however, after a favour for an old friend leads to a lucrative cannabis-smuggling trip. By the time his career reaches its zenith in the 1980s, Marks is smuggling 30-ton consignments of marijuana from Pakistan and Thailand to America and Canada and has forged dubious connections with members of the IRA and the British secret services. Chloe Sevigny and David Thewlis co-star.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A solid biopic, but nothing amazing 28 Feb 2011
Mr Nice is a biopic of the life of convicted-drug smuggler Howard Marks (played by Rhys Ifans - Notting Hill). The film chronicles his origins, education, love-life and, most importantly, how he fell into the life of an importer of illicit substances.

Rhys Ifans was practically born to play this role, the height, the accent and mannerisms are all spot on to Howard Marks (a welshman himself) and many times behind the dark glasses and long hair it's difficult to tell the actor from the man. The story is well directed, giving us enough of Marks' back story to understand his mindset and the choices he makes without getting bogged down in the minute detail. This is a truly picturesque cinematic experience, as we see Howard travel from his hometown in Wales, to his College in Oxford and as far around the world as Afghanistan to source his merchandise. When this is thrown in with IRA contacts and MI6 agents it makes for one extremely interesting tale that, regardless of your stance on drugs, you will end up willing Howard to come up smiling. ChloŽ Sevigny (Barry Munday) deserves a special mention for her brilliant rendition of Mark's wife and David Thewliss plays the quasi-insane IRA contact Jim McCann with great flair.

Where this film loses a star is making Rhys Ifans play Howard Marks at 17-21 which just looked ridiculous as Rhys Ifans really cannot get away with playing a character that young. What also lets the film down is the awful CGI of 1970's London that Ifans has been superimposed over.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Low Budget but Fantastic viewing 8 Feb 2011
I had high hopes for this film, i had always hoped they would make a movie from the book i enjoyed so much when i was younger.

From the start you knew this was not going to be a high-budget Hollywood film and that worried me, slightly. Especially as the first 5 mins seemed a bit 'arty' like Bronson was. Panic set in.

Those 5 mins soon vanished and it turned into a fantastic film. D

irection was great, the old footage with a Rhys Ifans superimposed over worked well, and although a bit OTT in parts was a great 120 mins.

I would recommend to all film lovers.

Over and out.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fine tribute to an incredible man life. 29 Oct 2010
Howard Marks is a legend amongst fraudsters and narcotics dealers alike. This film perfectly captures the maverick business man and his outrageous life. It opens in monochrome turning to colour when Howard smokes his first spliff as an undergraduate. Howard Marks is played by Rhys Ifans , who plays Marks as a charming, raffish boyo from the Welsh valleys. The film is a lighthearted, amoral comedy thriller.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Compelling indie movie 22 Oct 2014
I'll try to keep this review as short as possible.

I had read MR Nice the book, and when I saw this had a (limited) cinema run, I jumped at the chance to watch it.

Overral I thought the film was great. Many reviews have said that the film had "bad special effects" etc. This was an independent film on a low budget. It's not Die Hard. The story was well told, if not slightly compressed, as is mostly the case when transitioning book to film. Rhys ifans played his part very well and was clearly familiar with the character. I found the film both compelling and hilarious, but at times very dark and grim.

I very much enjoyed this film, and the only reason I have four stars is because the film wasn't long enough!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but not great 7 Feb 2011
When i finished reading mr nice many years ago i was wandering when they would make the movie of it,then when i read senor nice i found out Rhys was going to be playing the role, then when i saw the trailer i became overly excited for the movie, and then i waited...and waited...and waited over a year and a half for them to release the full movie, i even saw it at the cinema which is rare for me.

The movie starts well with a brief recap of howards early life, getting into university, his first experience of marijuana, then they progress very quickly on to his career as a hashish smuggler.

The movie does miss out alot of his experiences, that would have made a great directors cut, but the blu ray only has 2 deleted scenes, but i understand that they cant fit the entire life of a man in a 2 hour movie, so i wont complain,

The movie is very entertaining and worth a watch to anyone who has or hasnt read the book, its a great tribute to a national hero,
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT FILM 6 Feb 2011
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5.0 out of 5 stars Recommendation 28 Jun 2014
Everything as promised. Definitely recommend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brings a smile 25 Jun 2014
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OK it's not the book, but very few films are, and this one somehow captures the essence of Mark's 'highs', lows, and his oddly inspiring life. This film makes me want to go travelling ... and do something.
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