In Mr Nice Rhys Ifans stars as Britain’s most notorious drug smuggler, Howard Marks, in this loosely factual biopic, based on (and sharing its name with) Marks’s 1996 autobiography, from director Bernard Rose. The narrative tracks the illicit career of Oxford graduate Marks (Ifans) from its early days in the 1970s, when he discovered his teacher training course was never likely to offer the money and excitement that came from importing marijuana into the UK, through his bumbling rise to being the world’s top dope runner, and on to its inevitable shuddering halt thanks to the law.
Along the way, his eclectic contacts include the IRA’s Jim McCann (David Thewlis), as well as MI6 operative Hamilton McMillan (Christian McKay), who attempts to sign him up for the British secret services. The whirlwind ride features plenty of humour (of a variety of shades) and also stars Chloë Sevigny as Marks’s long-suffering wife Judy, plus Omid Djalili and a cameo from the late director Ken Russell.
Cast: Rhys Ifans, Chloë Sevigny, David Thewlis, Elsa Pataky, Olivia Grant, Luis Tosar, Crispin Glover, Omid Djalili, Christian McKay, Andrew Tiernan, Jack Huston, Ken Russell, Julian Firth, Tony Rohr, Andrew Havill, Terence Harvey, Jamie Harris, William Thomas, Sara Sugarman, Howell Evans
Director: Bernard Rose
Producer: Luc Roeg
Composer: Philip Glass
Production Companies: Kanzaman, Prescience, Lipsync Productions, Independent
Release Date: 7 October 2010
Running Time: 121 minutes
Genres: Crime, Drama, Comedy, Biography,
Country: Spain, United Kingdom
Tagline: 43 Aliases. 89 Phone Lines. This is the Story of Howard Marks.