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Mr Nice [DVD]

Rhys Ifans , Chloe Sevigny    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Rhys Ifans, Chloe Sevigny, David Thewlis, Omid Djalili, Elsa Pataky
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: entertainment one
  • DVD Release Date: 31 Jan 2011
  • Run Time: 121 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0046BHPEI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,137 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A solid biopic, but nothing amazing 28 Feb 2011
By J. Morris TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
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 Mark's 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
Format:Blu-ray
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
Format:DVD
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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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but not great 7 Feb 2011
Format:Blu-ray
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
Format:DVD
I HAVE JUST FINISHED WATCHING THE FILM MR NICE, I HAVE TO SAY IT WAS PURE BRILLANCE, I LOVE RHYS IFANS ANYWAY, SO I AM BIASED BUT HE WAS PURE GENIUS, AND VERY TASTY LOOKING, THE ACTING I THINK WAS BRILL, I DIDNT WANT TO LEAVE THE FILM FOR A SECOND, I WOULD RECOMMEND IT ALL THE WAY.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Rhys Ifans at his best 25 Mar 2014
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Good movie, good cast, gave only four stars as the film seemed to be strangely strung together. Preferred watching the 'making of' extras on the DVD.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An entertaining film 2 Mar 2014
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I read the book years ago and thoroughly enjoyed it. The film is pretty entertaining, well acted and demonstrates just how intelligent and manipulative Marks was. A pleasant way to while away an evening. Ignore the extra clip from the Bristol show - it was fragmented and unentertaining.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Likeable Rogue 22 Feb 2014
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Living in Oxford through the period and my daughter working in Anna Belinda before it closed the movie brought back a lot of memories of the period. He was a rascal but you can't help liking him.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Dissapointing
After reading the book, you feel disappointed as the book is more exciting than the film. Don't bother buying this if you have read the book.
Published 3 months ago by Washington
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
What more can I say b*******y Great buy it and see how Rhys Evans can shine his way through such a great story
Published 7 months ago by Alun Rees
5.0 out of 5 stars Mr Nice was nice
The DVD was in good condition and worth the money I spent. Rhys Ifans was excellent. Thank you very much.
Published 8 months ago by iona
4.0 out of 5 stars great bio picture
A great film that reviews the life and times of a world famous train robber turned smuggler and arms dealer told in a open way.
Published 8 months ago by Lee David Haxell
4.0 out of 5 stars Good movie
Read the book first. Much prefer the book, due to more detail,but good movie. Rhys Ifans does play an excellent character in this.
Published 9 months ago by carmel hassell
2.0 out of 5 stars Let down
Having read the book (which is a 5 star), the film is a bit of a let down, simply because it doesn't go into enough detail. and we need more screen time for Jim McCann.
Published 10 months ago by Callum Lord
5.0 out of 5 stars Charismatic Smuggler!
I met Howard Marks at a literary festival last year and he really was a charmer!--just like charmer Rhys Ifans!
Published 11 months ago by A. L. Crompton
3.0 out of 5 stars mr nice
its not as good as i thought it would be you would have to know a lot about howard marks to understand it.
Published 13 months ago by Alan Type
4.0 out of 5 stars Good film, although long drawn out! Rhys Ifans is a crap actor. Can...
Good fiim, but too long winded. Acting not brilliant, although true to the book in details. Wouldn't watch it agaiin!
Published 14 months ago by Tatiana Rees
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good british film
I bought this on a friends recommendation and I am glad I did.

The service from the vendor was professional and a great price.
Published 15 months ago by doeboy007
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