The Big Man

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This article is about the film. For the saxophonist with that nickname, see Clarence Clemons. For the novel, see The Big Man (novel).
The Big Man
The Big Man poster.jpg
poster for the film
Directed by David Leland
Produced by Don MacPherson
Music by Ennio Morricone
Distributed by Miramax Films
Release dates
  • 31 August 1990 (1990-08-31)
Running time
93 mins

The Big Man (US title: Crossing the Line) is a 1990 feature film produced by Miramax Films. It stars Liam Neeson, Joanne Whalley and Billy Connolly. The film's score was composed by Ennio Morricone. It is based on the novel of the same name by William McIlvanney. It is featured in FlixMix's Ultimate Fights DVD.


A Scottish miner (Liam Neeson) becomes unemployed during a union strike. He is unable to support his family and cannot resolve his bitterness about his situation. Desperate for money, he accepts an offer made by a Glasgow gangster to fight in an illegal bare-knuckle boxing match. A long and brutal fight follows.


Filmed at locations in Coalburn, Glasgow and Spain.


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