From middle-class Welsh boy and Oxford scholar to living the high life as one of Britain's biggest marijuana smugglers, Howard Marks (aka Mr. Nice) has led an existence of rollicking, improbable adventures recounted in this sexy and stylish biopic from director Bernard Rose (Immortal Beloved). The hippest playgrounds of the '70s and '80s set the stage for Rhys Ifans's (Greenberg, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows) tour-de-force performance as the notorious drug dealer, 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. Chloe Sevigny (Big Love, Zodiac) and Crispin Glover (Alice in Wonderland) costar in this globetrotting caper that takes us along on Marks's wild and wonderful trip.
Chloe Sevigny,Rhys Ifans,Omid Djalili,David Thewlis
Adapted from Howard Marks' bestselling autobiography (having sold over 700,000 copies worldwide). Starring top Brit actor Rhys Ifans (Notting Hill, The Boat That Rocked) as Marks, the world-famous drug baron, and with high calibre support from David Thewlis (The Boy in Striped Pyjamas, Harry Potter) and Academy Award nominee Chloe Sevigny (Zodiac, Boys Don't Cry), this iconic tale of one man's rise and fall is brought to life.
During the mid 1980's, Howard Marks had 43 aliases, 89 phone lines, and 25 companies trading throughout the world. Bars, recording studios, offshore banks: all were money-laundering vehicles serving the core activity of dope dealing. Marks began to deal during a postgraduate philosophy course at Oxford University, and with the help of drug pushers (Omid Djalili Gladiator, The Mummy and Crispin Glover Back to the Future Trilogy, Beowulf) started dealing hashish throughout Europe and America in touring rock bands' equipment. The academic life began to lose its allure...
From a South Wales upbringing to a lifestyle of smuggling consignments of up to 30 tonnes from Pakistan and Thailand to America and Canada, Marks had contact with organisations as diverse as the CIA, MI6, the IRA and the Mafia. Travelling between London, Ireland, L.A. and New York, Marks lived a rich and glamorous life with the girl of his dreams, Judy (Sevigny), and laughed in the face of all those trying to stop him. After many years and a world-wide operation by the Drug Enforcement Agency, he was busted and sentenced to 25 years behind bars where he had to endure seven years of hard time in one of America's toughest prisons before he was released on parole in April 1995.