Samuel Goldwyn Films has acquired all US rights to Harry Brown starring Michael Caine and Emily Mortimer following its UK premiere on Wednesday night [11].

Harry Brownreceived its world premiere in Toronto and sees Caine return to the gritty territory of Get Carter in the role of a retired Marine who sets out to clean up the neighbourhood after his best friend is killed.

Goldwyn will release the film theatrically and Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Group will handle select entertainment rights. The film launches wide in the UK this weekend.

Daniel Barber made his feature directorial debut from a screenplay by Gary Young. Marv Partners’ Kris Thykier and Matthew Vaughn produced.

“Michael Caine’s performance in Harry Brown is one of the finest of his career,” Samuel Goldwyn Jr said. “The grit and raw depiction of inner city life draws obvious comparisons to what’s happening today – it’s an extremely powerful and deeply affecting film.”

“We are very proud to be partnering with Samuel Goldwyn Films and Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Group,” Thykier added. “Both companies have a passion for quality commercial international movies and we have been delighted by their excitement and commitment to Harry Brown.”

Vice-president of acquisitions Peter Goldwyn negotiated the deal with Tim Haslam at Hanway.