Harry BrownNovember 11, 2009
An elderly ex-serviceman and widower looks to avenge his best friend's murder by doling out his own form of justice.
Release Year: 2009
Rating: 7.3/10 (32,246 voted)
Critic's Score: 55/100
Stars: Michael Caine, Emily Mortimer, David Bradley
In England, retired marine Harry Brown spends his lonely life between the hospital, where his beloved wife Kath is terminally ill, and playing chess with his only friend Leonard Attwell in the Barge pub owned by Sid Rourke. After the death of Kath, Len tells his grieving friend that the local gang is harassing him and he is carrying an old bayonet for self-defense; the widower suggests him to go to the police. When Len is beaten, then stabbed to death in an underground passage, Inspector Alice Frampton and her partner Sergeant Terry Hicock are sent to investigate. They pay Harry a visit but don't have good news; the police have not found any other evidence, other than the bayonet, in order to arrest the hoodlums. This mean that should the case go to trial the gang would claim self-defense. Harry Brown sees that justice will not be granted and decides to take matters into his own hands.
D.I. Alice Frampton
D.S. Terry Hicock
(as Charlie Creed Miles)
(as Marvin Stewart-Campbell)
Every man has a breaking point.
Release Date: 11 November 2009
Filming Locations: Aylesbury Estate, Walworth, London, England, UK
Box Office Details
Opening Weekend: £1,271,814
(15 November 2009)
(8 August 2010)
(Toronto International Film Festival)
Did You Know?
Daniel Barber's feature debut.
Errors in geography:
The large map behind SI Childs in his office when he's talking to DI Frampton is of Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. This is an odd priority for a senior police officer in London.
Do you want it, fella, huh?
Because you wanted this yesterday, brother. You wanna do this shit?
This film accurately depicts life in modern Britain today.
Not the image of a flowing rolling countryside of middle class England
which is often depicted in typical international films but one of an
inner city "sink" estate – Elephant & Castle in London – with all of
its associated problems.
I saw the film last night and it brought back all the memories I have
of having lived in similar circumstances.
Michael Caine is excellent, this is probably one of his best films and
I expect film nominations for his role.
The film gives a gritty but realistic view of the life most people live
on the sink estates of Britain, all are there through no choice of
their own, but some are aware of the conditions they are forced to live
I don't think we'll see the British government promoting this film as
it portraits the country in a very bad light, though, if you are not
from Britain and would like a taste of what some of us have to put up
with I recommend you see this film.
Overall, a very well put together film which will make the hairs on the
back of your neck stand up at times.
Well done Michael and all of the team.