Film unit acquires rights to Michael Caine thriller

Samuel Goldwyn Films has acquired U.S. rights to thriller “Harry Brown,” starring Michael Caine and Emily Mortimer.

Goldwyn will release the film theatrically next year, and Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Group will handle home entertainment rights.

Penned by Gary Young, story is set in modern-day Britain and centers on a law-abiding retired Marine whose life is turned upside down when his best friend is killed, leaving him determined to clean up the neighborhood.

The film was directed by first-time feature helmer Daniel Barber, whose short “The Tonto Woman” was nominated for an Oscar. “Harry Brown” is produced by Kris Thykier (“Stardust”) and Matthew Vaughn (“Snatch”) of MARV Partners.

“Harry Brown” premiered at the Toronto Film Festival and held its U.K. premiere Wednesday night in London; it opens on more than 350 screens this weekend.

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