About The Film

The true story of a man who stumbled into a lucrative career as one of Europe’s biggest drug dealers comes to the screen in this comedy-drama. Howard Marks (Rhys Ifans) was a young Welshman studying at Oxford when he discovered there was something unusual about his dorm room — it had a secret passageway that led to a storage space used by one of the school’s top marijuana dealers.

Marks and the dealer struck up a friendship as he became an enthusiastic customer, and a few years later, when plans to bring a large cache of hashish into England via Germany went haywire, Marks stepped in to help and was introduced to a circle of big league marijuana traffickers. Marks quit his job as a teacher to become a full time drug wholesaler, and while his new career cost him his first marriage, it introduced him to Judy (Chloe Sevigny), a lovely woman who became the love of his life.

As Marks’ business grew, he gained some interesting new associates, including an Irish Republican Army operative (David Thewlis) who knew how to get past customs agents, an intelligence agent (Christian McKay) working on both sides of the law and a wildly eccentric American marijuana kingpin (Crispin Glover). Mr. Nice was adapted from the autobiography by the real-life Howard Marks; Marks is good friends with Rhys Ifans, who was cast to play him in the film.


Rhys Ifans, Chloƫ Sevigny, Jack Huston, David Thewlis, Crispin Glover, Omid Djalili, Elsa Pataky, Andrew Tiernan, Jamie Harris, Christian McKay, Ken Russell


Directed by Bernard Rose
Produced by Luc Roeg
Screenplay by Bernard Rose
Based on Howard Marks’ “Mr. Nice”
Cinematography by Bernard Rose
Editing by Teresa Font & Bernard Rose
Music by Philip Glass
Production Company: Independent Distribution, Kanzaman, Prescience
Distributed by Contender Entertainment
Running Time: 121 minutes
Release Date: June 3, 2011
Country: UK


Best Cinematography (Bernard Rose) – 2010 Kodak Awards


“Mr. Nice” is a handsomely designed and photographed film that gains much momentum from a pulsating score composed by Philip Glass. Rose is never manipulative, never exploitative and never judgmental. He makes more demands of audiences than many filmmakers do, but “Mr. Nice” is all the stronger for it. -Los Angeles Times

Scene From Mr. Nice

The Making of Mr. Nice

Interview with director Bernard Rose