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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: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0046BHPEI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,707 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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3.7 out of 5 stars

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. Morris TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 28 Feb. 2011
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 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. Chloë 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. EXETER on 12 Dec. 2011
Format: Blu-ray
The rights to make a film of Mr. Nice were sold to the BBC by Howard Marks when the landmark autobiography of perhaps the most sophisticated drug baron of all time topped the best seller lists in 1996. 15 years later and his vivid memoir has finally been brought to the big screen by the iconic writer/director Bernard Rose (Immortal Beloved) who faithfully captures the rambling, often comic, nature of the original book aided by an outstanding performance from Rhys Ifans in the title role.

In researching this article I have found many prominent discrepancies between the reported facts, their fictionalised account in the original Marks book and the way in which they are presented by Rose in his screenplay. This opaque concept of reality has helped to give "Mr. Nice" his legendary outlaw status with comparisons drawn to Robin Hood and Butch Cassidy to name but two. Whilst this lack of absolute veracity might irritate some, to my mind it only serves to heighten the movie as a work of art in its own right.

In trying to echo the essence of an autobiography Bernard Rose elected to take on most of the important technical roles behind the camera, not content with writing the script and directing the performances, he is also the cinematographer (operating a handheld 35mm camera to capture the requisite period look) as well as being the film's editor. This singular vision provides a necessary counterpoint to the force of nature that is Rhys Ifans who dominates almost every scene in the movie.

Ifans actually got to know Marks back in the day when he was singing with the fledgling Welsh psychedelic rock combo Super Furry Animals, prior to the huge success of the book the two became firm friends and a deal was struck that Rhys should play Howard if a film was ever made of his life.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Darren Lawrence on 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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Mr Nice is dominated by a terrific performance by Rhys Ifans, nailing Howard Marks' laid back Welsh drawl and slightly bemused attitude throughout the film. He's constantly convincing but never a charicature. While the film is never the aisle-rolling romp of insanity promised by the trailer, it is an enlightening and curious tale of how a clever boy from a small town stumbled into big-time marijuana dealing and decided 'what's the harm?'. His relationships are interesting, and the whole thing is filmed with a playful sense of unreality - extending to the deliberately poor occasional back-projection used as a brief nudge-nudge gimmic in some foreign locations. Luckily the filmakers don't overdo it and most of the film is excellently shot. This is most spectacularly evidenced by crystal clear filming that makes Marks' Kabul visit astoundingly picturesque.
The character's fun and charming, and we're given little glimpses into his head here and there that enliven the movie. Most of the 'rise to power, fall from grace' cliches arise, but they're done in a gentler and more charming manner than normal, not with the vulgar brashness of its American equivalents, and Marks' never seems to stop valuing his long-term girlfriend and family.
As it staggers from Ireland to the middle east and the USA, the film throws some challenging events and unusual characters our way, and it's always interesting - just not the 'Mind Blowing Trip' of the typically hyperbole laden cover.
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