Based on the hugely successful autobiography of the same name, Mr Nice tells the Incredible story of the life of Howard Marks, "the world's most sophisticated drug smuggler". At the height of his powers he had 43 aliases, eighty-nine phone lines and owned twenty five companies trading throughout the world, whilst simultaneously smuggling consignments of up to 30 tons of marijuana and keeping contacts with organisations as diverse as MI6, the CIA, the IRA and the Mafia.
A biography of a British dope peddler was not a film I felt sympathetic towards. The acting is, however, absolutely brilliant and the plot does not try to endear you to a man smuggling industrial quantities of marijuana. Rhys Ifans and David Thewlis are outstanding and deserve more distinction. Like most biographies there are ordinary bits between the moments of extremes but this keeps it real. Not for everyone but a great triumph of British film making.