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The Firm 

This is the story of rival "Firms" of football supporters, and how one man has a wish to team them up for the European Championships of 1988. However, when this is discussed, the opposing ... See full summary »

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Sue
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Yeti (as Philip Davis)
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Oboe
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Trigg
William Vanderpuye ...
Aitch
Jay Simpson ...
Dominic
Patrick Murray ...
Nunk
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Snowy
Terry Sue-Patt ...
Yusef (as Terry Sue Patt)
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Simon
Nicholas Hewetson ...
Beef
Steve McFadden ...
Billy
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J.T
Hepburn Graham ...
Stu
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This is the story of rival "Firms" of football supporters, and how one man has a wish to team them up for the European Championships of 1988. However, when this is discussed, the opposing leaders are not happy, as they believe this is a challenge to their authority. This Film shows how football violence has progressed from pure violence to a form of organized crime, to the extent that all the leaders know each others home phone / mobile phone numbers. Written by Darren Alexander <Darren@lerman.ftech.co.uk>

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26 February 1989 (UK)  »

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Gary Oldman and Lesley Manville, who play husband and wife in this film, were married at the time. See more »

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The crew meet opposite King's Cross station in London before they travel to Birmingham. Euston station is the usual station for that destination. King's Cross serves the north east of England. See more »

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Bex Bissell: I would like you to meet a very old friend of mine and yours. Put your hands together for...
[takes out a Stanley knife]
Bex Bissell: Stanley.
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Remade as The Firm (2009) See more »

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Get Your Tits Out
(uncredited)
sung to the tune of "Cwm Rhondda (Bread of Heaven)"
Music by John Hughes
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A fascinating document, but pretty much 'of its time'...
21 May 2004 | by See all my reviews

... because the culture of 'hooliganism' has moved on since this was made. It certainly hasn't gone away, but the organisation of such things is tighter these days with the aid of technology like the Internet. Hopefully these developments will be addressed in upcoming fare like "The Football Factory".

So the 'values and ideals' shown in this film are different because it's a bygone age. Less materialism and more violence exists EVERYWHERE these days, so showing it creeping into suburbia isn't necessarily as shocking now as perhaps it was when viewed at the time. There are some nice performances here though from a wealth of British acting talent who went on to bigger things, and Oldman keeps you watching throughout as only he can; holding the screen with his intense passion. Disappointingly, though, the scenes which are most effective are often undercut by what follows, with the pace never quite finding itself even at a short 67mins. The ending can similarly be seen as a damp squib, but the one or two powerful moments in getting there make this a worthwhile experience for fans of some of the actors.


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