Mr. Nice

Released 2011


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Bernard Rose
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Rhys Ifans (THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN) and Chloe Sevigny (BIG LOVE) star in the thrilling true life story of Howard Marks: School teacher and international drug smuggler who at one point controlled ten percent of the global trade in hashish. Adapted from Marks' autobiography by CANDYMAN and IMMORTAL BELOVED writer-director Bernard Rose, MR NICE chronicles the rise and fall of one of the most fascinating and notorious figures in the international drug trade. Howard Marks' rise to the top of the drug trade was meteoric, the one-time physics student starting small with packets of hash hidden in the gear of traveling rock bands. In just a few years he had moved from grams and kilos to shipping literally tons of the stuff at a time, controlling massive shipments from Pakistan and Thailand to all corners of the world. The one time teacher built ties to the CIA, IRA, MI6, Mafia and more, claiming to operate under more than forty aliases worldwide. And then it all came crashing down around him. Rhys Ifans brings the flamboyant Marks to life in this sexy international thriller made all the more fascinating by the fact that every bit of it is true.moreless


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  • 75

    San Francisco Chronicle Mick LaSalle

    Rhys Ifans is an engaging protagonist, playing Marks as a passive and seemingly unflappable character whose iron nerve and ability to keep cool in a crisis get him out of more than...

  • 60

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    An affable throwback to those guilt-free days when hippie drug dealers radiated the glamorous aura of avant-garde heroes risking prison to spread the doctrine of liberation through...

  • 50

    Variety Joe Leydon

    Mildly amusing but overly discursive.

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