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The Match (1999)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Romance, Sport | 13 August 1999 (UK)
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Two Scottish pub football teams play each other in order to resolve a century-old grudge, with the prize for the winning team being the other team's pub.






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Cast overview, first billed only:
Wullie Smith
Sheila Bailey
Billy Bailey
Rosemary Bailey
Gorgeous Gus
Big Tam
Danny Van Boy
Sally Howitt ...
Carol McGhee
Patsy (as Sam Fox)


The Match is a contemporary romantic comedy, set in the idyllic Highland village of Inverdoune. Wullie Smith, still carrying the physical and emotional scars of the childhood death of his younger brother, is the village milkman. A young man whose potential is concealed his gently diffident exterior, Wullie is locally known for his remarkable T.F.R. (Total Football Recall) and for his not-very-secret love for Rosemary Bailey, the breathtaking daughter of Bill Bailey, a local farmer with a curious affection for his cows. Rosemary has returned briefly to her home with a college degree before she leaves again to pursue a career in the big city. The single-street village has only two pubs - the ramshackle delights of Benny's Bar, spiritual home of its charmingly eccentric clientele and the sterile modernity of Le Bistro, owned by former professional footballer and preening narcissist, George Gus. But Benny's Bar may soon be lost forever. A bet made to settle a feud between the original ... Written by Anonymous

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It's a game of two pubs!


Comedy | Romance | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language | See all certifications »




Release Date:

13 August 1999 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

A Aposta  »

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


the bar scene took 5 takes. See more »


When Wullie is about to take the penalty shot, the sky goes from sunny to completely overcast between scenes. See more »


References The Ipcress File (1965) See more »


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Written by Bryan Ferry
Performed by Roxy Music
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Ignore the write ups, this is a great film.
30 January 2006 | by See all my reviews

This is a fantastic film set in a fictional location in the Scottish Highlands. Basically it is about two pub teams and a historic rivalry based on a game of football. Benny's bar are really the "good guys", but are crap at football. L'Bistro is the posh upper class pub, but they are the "bad guys". The teams have played 99 games in a row, and if they loose the 100th game, they also loose the pub, and their livelihood. This film does have a lot of bad write ups, but I think it is a brilliant film. Simple, yes. Predictable, yes. But still a great film. The only drawback is few of the cast are actually Scottish, and we have to listen to their painfully poor Scottish accents.

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