New Release: Mr. Nice DVD and Blu-ray

Release Date: Oct. 11, 2011
Price: DVD $27.98, Blu-ray $23.98
Studio: MPI


Mr. Nice movie scene

Rhys Ifans is Howard Marks, one of Britain’s biggest marijuana smugglers, in Mr. Nice.

The story of Howard Marks – a real-life cult figure who achieved notoriety as one of Britain’s biggest marijuana smugglers – is recounted in the 2010 comedy-drama film Mr. Nice, written and directed by Bernard Rose (Immortal Beloved).

Set against the hip, colorful backdrop of England in the 1970s and 1980s, the movie stars Rhys Ifans (Pirate Radio) as Marks, whose legacy as an international hashish trader was elevated by stints as a spy for the British government, his involvement with an unhinged IRA operative (David Thewlis, Naked), and his eventual 25-year prison sentence.

Mr. Nice also stars Chloe Sevigny (Barry Munday) and Crispin Glover (Hot Tub Time Machine) and offers an era-appropriate soundtrack featuring such artists as John Lennon and Deep Purple.

The biographical movie enjoyed a rollout to film festivals and theaters around the world before playing a limited engagement in U.S. theaters in June, 2011.

Here’s the film’s trailer:

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