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"Screen Two" The Firm (1989)

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Original Air Date:
26 February 1989 (Season 5, Episode 8)
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This is the story of rival "Firms" of football (soccer) supporters, and how one man has a wish to team them up for the European Championships of 1988... See more » | Add synopsis »
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" I need the Buzz " See more (23 total) »

Cast

 (Episode Cast) (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Gary Oldman ... Bex Bissell

Lesley Manville ... Sue

Philip Davis ... Yeti
Andrew Wilde ... Oboe
Charles Lawson ... Trigg
William Vanderpuye ... Aitch

Jay Simpson ... Dominic

Patrick Murray ... Nunk

Robbie Gee ... Snowy
Terry Sue Patt ... Yusef

Nick Dunning ... Simon
Nicholas Hewetson ... Beef
Steve McFadden ... Billy
Steve Sweeney ... J.T
Hepburn Graham ... Stu

Dan Hildebrand ... Sully

Kevin Allen ... Lomax
Roderick Smith ... Cliffie
Martin Barrass ... Alan
Stephen Petcher ... Mark
Herbert Norville ... Joe
William Hayes ... Phil
Dave Atkins ... Bill
Kim Durham ... Hospital P.C
Stefan Escreet ... Travel Agent
Robert Hamilton ... Pullen
Phillip Joseph ... Sociologist
Debbie Killingback ... Gill

Mark Monero ... Wesley
Cassie Stuart ... Siobhan
Mandy Vickerman ... Strippergram
Jo Warne ... Ethel
James Woolley ... Housebuyer
Albert Bentall ... Sammy
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Susan Kyd ... Mrs. Latimer (uncredited)
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Episode Crew
Directed by
Alan Clarke 
 
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(in alphabetical order)
Al Ashton  (as Al Hunter)

Produced by
David M. Thompson .... producer
 
Cinematography by
Ben Philpott 
Richard Philpott 
John Ward 
 
Film Editing by
John Strickland 
 
Production Design by
Rachel Heady 
Christopher Robilliard  (as Chris Robilliard)
 
Costume Design by
Helena Ash 
Maggie Chappelhow 
 
Makeup Department
Wendy Freeman .... makeup artist
Jan Nethercot .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Corin Campbell-Hill .... production manager
 
Art Department
Sam Stokes .... stand-by props
Sid Sutton .... graphic designer
Bob Tunnicliffe .... property buyer
Noel Cowell .... stand-by props (uncredited)
Royston Humphries .... props (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Ron Edmonds .... dubbing mixer
Colin Goudie .... dubbing editor
Roger Long .... film recordist
Jane Merkin .... dubbing editor
 
Visual Effects by
Steve Lucas .... visual effects designer
 
Stunts
Terry Forrestal .... stunt arranger
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Steve Williams .... gaffer
 
Casting Department
Simone Reynolds .... casting advisor
 
Other crew
Charlotte Blair .... production assistant
Ken Bond .... armorer
Jane Cossey .... assistant floor manager
Richard Langridge .... script editor
Simon Mather .... assistant floor manager
Jacinta Peel .... production associate
Adam Richards .... assistant floor manager
Anthony Smith .... location manager
John Spencer .... assistant floor manager
 
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USA:70 min
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Factual errors: The BMW 3 Series vandalized at the service station changes from a 1982 E30 model to an older 1975 E21 model when attacked.See more »
Quotes:
Bex Bissell:[shouts] I need the buzz!See more »
Movie Connections:
Remade as The Firm (2009)See more »
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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
" I need the Buzz ", 5 July 2004
Author: mulhollandman from Ireland

Alan Clarke has cemented his reputation as a gritty realist director through three successful films. These are " Scum ", " Made in Britain " and " The Firm ". These are his most memorable as they were the launch pads for three of Britain's greatest actors. Ray Winestone as Carlin in " Scum ", Tim Roth as Trevor in " Made in Britain " & Gary Oldman as Bex in " The Firm ". All these films have one thing in common. They do not let up for anything or anyone when it comes to Violence, Racism and anti-social beliefs.

The Firm centers around the I.C.C (Inner City Crew) firm and their leader and top boy Bex. Bex is a well to do estate agent who has a nice motor, a lovely home and wife and child. Bex's position is firmly established in their first meeting with two other rival firms. Bex has an vision of a united firm to go to the German European Cup and it is he that should lead it. However he must deal with the leaders of the other firms before he can lead an united front abroad.

We see the I.C.C travel to rival turf and stake their claim but this is not before a disaster happens. The world of Football thuggery is dealt with carefully by showing us Bex as a man that craves the buzz that he is top boy. He is not content with being the leader of his own firm he wants more and more. It appears he has everything else a good job, car and a loving wife however as his obsession with being the over all top boy that we are introduced to the cracks that are appearing in his marriage due to his violent past time.

This film is excellent in it's character portrayal and it does show a very different Gary Oldman character. Bex at the out set comes across as a typical nice bloke who works hard and has a good sense of humor but at the end of the film you are weary that you would never cross him due to his ferocious temper. There is one great scene when Bex's wife confronts him and asks when is he going to give up this lifestyle and he replies " I need the Buzz ". What can I say this really does sum up the whole idea of grown males going around knocking seven shades out of one another.

My only complaint is that the film was not longer. My reasons for watching this film is because of the new films that are being made about football violence (The Football Factory, The Yank)I wanted to see a film that was made during the time that football violence was in it's prime in Great Britain and Europe. I was also thrilled that there was no mention of any football teams as it showed exactly what these thugs enjoyed doing and that is slapping people. This point is observed by one of Bex's crew at a meeting.

If it is ever on the T.V. watch it, or buy the D.V.D it will not disappoint.

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