Harry Brown

April 30th 2010
  • Drama/Thriller,
  • R,
  • 103 min,
  • Other
  • Cast: Michael Caine, Emily Mortimer, Charlie Creed-Miles, David Bradley, Iain Glen, Sean Harris, Ben Drew, Jack O'Connell, Jamal Downey, Lee Oakes, Joseph Gilgun, Liam Cunningham, Marva Alexander, Liz Daniels, Marvin Stewart-Campbell, Lauretta Gavin, Radoslaw Kaim, Claire Hackett, Ashley McGuire, Raza Jaffrey, Martin Wilde, Sian Milne, Klariza Clayton, Grace Vallorani, Sue Farr, Forbes KB, Andy Pilgrim
  • Director: Daniel Barber
  • Writer: Gary Young
  • Producers: Keith Bell, Matthew Brown, Kris Thykier, Matthew Vaughn
  • Executive Producers: Reno Antoniades, Paul Brett, Tim Haslam, Christos Michaels, Steve Norris, Tim Smith
  • Art Direction: Chris Lowe
  • Casting: Daniel Hubbard
  • Costume Design: Jane Petrie
  • D.O.P.: Martin Ruhe
  • Editor: Joe Walker
  • Makeup: Jacqueline Fowler
  • Musics: Ruth Barrett, Martin Phipps
  • Production Design: Kave Quinn
  • Set Decoration: Gemma Ryan


Set in modern-day Britain, "Harry Brown" follows one man's (Sir Michael Caine) journey through a chaotic world where drugs are the currency of the day and guns run the streets.

A modest law-abiding citizen, Harry Brown is a retired Marine and a widower who lives alone on a depressed housing estate. His only company is his best friend Leonard (David Bradley).

When Leonard is murdered by a gang of thugs, Harry feels compelled to act and is forced to dispense his own brand of justice. As he bids to clean up the run-down estate where he lives, his actions bring him into conflict with the police.

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Filming Locations: Hertfordshire, UK; London, UK
  • MPAA Warning: Strong violence and language throughout, drug use and sexual content
  • Production Companies: Marv Films, UK Film Council, HanWay Films, Prescience Film Fund, Framestore
  • Production Schedule: November 2008 - January 2009

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2010 Guide Analysis: "Having been gentrified in film roles of late as the wise butler or assistant, Michael Caine returns to his harder-edged 60's and 70's characters like Harry Palmer and Jack Carter with this story of a widowed Northern Ireland vet inflicting some old school violence on today's out of control youth.

On the surface it's a slam dunk of a project. Director Daniel Barber makes his directorial debut following on from his acclaimed gothic western short film adaptation of Elmore Leonard's "The Tonto Woman", while "Layer Cake" writer/director Matthew Vaughn produces. Violent revenge thrillers with a great acting vet in the lead are all the rage thanks to "Taken", Caine himself is an old pro at the genre, and the setting of housing estates which are becoming more crime-ridden and dangerous each year is both timely and credible.

Premiering in Toronto and opening in the UK in November, the film sadly didn't quite catch fire with the critics or box-office as hoped. Reviews were generally good but more mixed than expected, with both the credibility-stretching plot and its pro-violence attitude dividing a lot of opinion. The film could however cross over well in the States this year where revenge thrillers with that attitude (e.g. "Wanted," "Taken") tend to do better."

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Worldwide Release Dates

  • 11 November 2009: UK
  • 15 January 2010: Poland
  • 25 February 2010: Netherlands
  • 8 April 2010: Greece
  • 25 May 2010: Australia
  • 4 June 2010: Finland