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"Screen Two" The Firm (1989)

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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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The Firm
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The Firm: UK Premiere Footage
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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)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Alan Clarke 
 
Writing credits
(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
 
Crew believed to be complete


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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:How can I put this?
Bex Bissell:I can't
[Head butts Yousef's brother, Wes]
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Movie Connections:
Remade as The Firm (2009)See more »
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14 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
The car bombing, the testosterone, and not a ball in sight, 27 March 2000
Author: Lexo-2 from Dublin, Ireland

Different from the similarly-entitled Tom Cruise vehicle in much the same way that a punch in the head is different from a solicitor's letter, this is where the late great Alan Clarke - Britain's best TV director and perhaps the best British director of the 70s and 80s - finally got to work with Gary Oldman. Oldman is Bex, leader of a gang of football hooligans. His crew go head-to-head with another bunch of guys from Birmingham. That's pretty much the story.

The insight, for which respect must be paid to screenwriter Al Ashton, is that these guys aren't poor white trash but professional men. Bex is an estate agent and when we first meet him he is selling a house to a couple by admitting to them frankly that it's rubbish. He shows them in and says "If this house don't sell itself I'm a monkey's uncle." Then he walks away down the path and, for a moment, scratches his armpits and gibbers like a chimp - an inspired bit of improv from Oldman.

This was Oldman before he got into his period of being an American Ham - sharp, keenly observational and immensely likeable even though the character he's playing is a complete scumbag. There's a lot of violence, and violence in a Clarke film isn't a rowdy punchup, it's Stanley knives in the face and iron bars in the groin. A gun gets used towards the end, which I personally found a bit unrealistic.

One of the most remarkable things about this movie is that at no point do you actually see a football. These guys aren't football fans, they're in it for the fighting. They were the energies that Margaret Thatcher unleashed and then affected to deplore. Guys like Bexy own much of Britain now.

When Oldman got tired of acting in bad American cop thrillers, he showed what he'd learned from Clarke by making Nil By Mouth. The boy done good. The Firm was Clarke's last film; a year later he was dead from cancer. Don't miss it.

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