Goldwyn picks up 'Harry Brown'

Acquires all U.S. rights to thriller that premiered in Toronto

Samuel Goldwyn is picking up all U.S. rights to the Michael Caine thriller "Harry Brown," marking one more buy of a Toronto premiere several months after the festival.

Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions group will handle home-video rights on the title, Goldwyn said.

The film attracted interest from several buyers north of the border in September but did not land a deal at the fest.

Daniel Barber's England-set pic, based on Gary Young's screenplay, centers on a quiet, retired marine (Caine) who gets caught up in a violent underworld after his best friend is killed.

Kris Thykier and Matthew Vaughn produced; Emily Mortimer also stars. Hanway repped the filmmakers in the sale.

The film is set to open in the U.K. this weekend.

The past week has brought a number of deals for Toronto pics, with IFC acquiring the Jordan Scott thriller "Cracks" and Roadside Attractions buying the David Duchovny marketing satire "The Joneses." In a buyers' market, distributors are able to wait until long after a fest ends before making a deal.

Only several pics inspired on-site buys at the fest, with the Weinstein Co. acquiring Tom Ford drama "A Single Man" and Sony picking up Woody Harrelson superhero title "Defendor."
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