The Big Man

THE BIG MAN (aka CROSSING THE LINE) (18)
D: David Leland
Palace/Miramax/BSB (Stephen Woolley)
UK 🇬🇧 1990
116 mins
 
Drama/Crime/Sports
 
W: Don MacPherson [based on the novel by William McIlvanney]
DP: Ian Wilson
Ed: George Akers
Mus: Ennio Morricone
 
Liam Neeson (Danny Scoular), Joanne Whalley-Kilmer (Beth Scoular), Billy Connolly (Frankie), Ian Bannen (Matt Mason), Hugh Grant (Gordon)
 
A rather run-of-the-mill sports drama featuring a decent Liam Neeson performance as an out of work miner in Scotland who turns to underground bare-knuckle boxing run by a crime syndicate to earn his bread. 
It's all rather gloomy, but the capable performances from an impressive cast make the drama watchable.
6/10

Billy Connolly & Liam Neeson in The Big Man
Billy Connolly & Liam Neeson in The Big Man
Did You Know:
Billy Connolly said that he had been waiting for a good reason to finally shave off his famous goatee beard but never had one until David Leland (the director) asked him to do it for this film.