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LEC Movie night: Harry Brown

  • Mar 28, 2014 · 7:00 PM
  • This location is shown only to members

Academy Award nominee Daniel Barber (The Tonto Woman) makes his feature directorial debut with this gritty critique on contemporary British society starring Michael Caine as an elderly shut-in who's spurred to action by a senseless act of violence.

Harry Brown (Caine) resides in a desolate public-housing apartment block as his sickly wife lies dying in a local hospital. He spends most of his days in solitude, only getting out to play the occasional game of chess at a nearby pub with his best friend, Leonard.

The days of basic human decency seem to be a thing of the past, because in recent years barbarous drug dealers and gangsters have overtaken the dilapidated complex. Killing is a way of life for these young thugs, and as a result overburdened detectives are essentially relegated to knocking on doors and notifying parents when their children have been killed in the latest fracas, instead of investigating the crimes and jailing the guilty parties.

When Leonard is murdered just feet from his own apartment, former Royal Marine Harry utilizes the skills he learned while fighting the IRA to take on the aggressive chavs who have intimidated the police into inaction.


Won Best British Film and another 3 nominations.

IMDB rating:  7.3

Running time: 99 minutes

The movie will start at 7.30pm, but I will get there from about 7.00pm to set up the room.  There is enough space for you to join us upstairs and make use of the bar and space.

Please note that we show this movie for educational purposes within our club.  This is a strict members only event.  Please do not embarrass yourself (and us) by bringing a guest, who we would need to turn away.

Please note that we ask members for a contribution of £3 to allow us to budget for future events.  Your support is very much appreciated! Thanks.

The upstairs bar will be opened for us from 7.00pm and please order any drinks and food at this bar.


London European Club is run by dedicated volunteers, who don't have time to waste with people who don't show up at events. If you don't show up to three events that you have RSVPed to, you will be banned from the Club. Changing your RSVP in the last 24 hours prior to the event is strongly discouraged and may result in an immediate ban, especially when it comes to our most popular events such as this one.

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  • Palma

    Yes, the film was disturbing, shocking and moving as well. It has a lot of worth. I found a deep message about how life could be for others...
    Despite I couldn't handle some scenes, I would like to say thanks to Marion. It was an emotional movie soirée anyway...

    1 · March 30, 2014

  • Liam

    It was an excellent film that raises difficult questions, thanks Marion for bravely showing it. For me too, a shame about the Hollywood ending: a safe underpass and neighbourhood will not come from the barrel of a gun; that is a militarist's fantasy. That Caine's character was deeply flawed and the film made you want to see him triumph is a problem- vigilante violence will only breed more violence. And the justification for vigilante action - the evil youth and weak police - was exaggerated.

    March 29, 2014

  • Maria

    I'm still having the flash backs from yesterday film, it's deeply moving. We're fortunate enough to have different lives , hence 'our reality' is different from 'theirs' soaked with despair and darkness of the soul. What went wrong and how we could help.....

    March 29, 2014

  • Tiziana

    Very good movie - shocking, disturbing (I was on edge walking back home and dreamt further horrible scenes last night) and unfortunately realistic. Thank God these situations are no commonly encountered in the central areas of London, but they still very much exist in the Capital and around the country. So many interesting aspects to the movie (victims become torturers, inadequacy of institutions, getto realities, sense of guilt and responsibilities, role models, etc), I could attend another meetup just to exchange views and talk it 'out-of-my-system'. If I hadn't had to drive I would have gone for a much stronger drink afterwards.
    Thanks to everybody for sticking around afterwards: excellent debate : ) And thanks Marion for showing it despite her initial feelings x

    2 · March 29, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I could talk about this film for weeks. I think this is Michael Caine's best movie but I also felt the need for counselling after seeing it....

      March 29, 2014

    • Sandra

      agree with Tony entirely, I guess, to me it brought home what life is like in social areas we may not be that familiar with and just makes you realise that life isn't as bad as we sometime make it out to be when you watch this movie.

      March 29, 2014

  • Elizabeth

    Film was brutal. Lots of extreme characters. Interesting twist towards the hollywoody ending

    March 28, 2014

  • Paulina

    There are delays in the bakerloo line. I am afraid I'm not going to be there on time!

    March 28, 2014

  • Ulli

    Sorry, but I'm really not well, hoped a bit of rest after work would be enough but need a night in.

    March 28, 2014

  • Fiona

    Hello, I've just cancelled my place for tonight, very sorry for the late notice as I meant to change my rsvp yesterday evening but forgot. My apologies! I wish you a very pleasant evening. Fiona

    March 28, 2014

  • Nada

    And I have to pull out in very last minute because of work. I'm so gutted! :-( Sorry Marion! x

    March 28, 2014

  • Tia M.

    I really like his films, always filled with substance. Looking forward to it.

    March 20, 2014

  • Brian

    Unfortunately I'll be away. This is a good film set on an estate near Elephant & Castle. Michael Caine is on top form. It's worth pointing out that Caine grew up in the area where this film was made as did Charlie Chaplin.

    March 18, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    "You failed to maintain your weapon son". Classic :)

    March 18, 2014

  • Sandra

    this is a great film !!

    March 18, 2014

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