The Match (1999)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Romance, Sport  |  13 August 1999 (UK)
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Two Scottish pub soccer teams play each other in order to resolve a century-old grudge. Whoever wins the game gets to keep 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
Samantha Fox ...
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:

Arhizei to match  »

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


References A Fistful of Dollars (1964) See more »


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Performed by Spencer Davis Group
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Pleasant movie but nothing special
31 July 2001 | by (Melbourne Australia) – See all my reviews

This was actually an enjoyable movie to watch, but nothing I would recommend to anyone as a "stand out". The entire movie centres around the pending soccer match between rival pub customers with the winner vanquishing the losers pub for ever.

The central character is the ultimate hero with the customary love interest that bears fruit at the very end of the movie. There are a couple of Cameo appearances from Alan Shearer and James Bond himself to carry some weight to the cast.

Sometimes these sort of movies can be a very enjoyable experience and I probably saw this one on the wrong day (was looking for something more meaty in plot).

It's sort of like a Full Monty crossed with Notting Hill type movie but not as good as either and certainly not as funny.

That said, passes the time when nothing else to do.

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