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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 The Ipcress File (1965) See more »


Let's Stick Together
Written by Wilbert Harrison
Performed by Bryan Ferry
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pleasant story
18 July 2007 | by (Italy) – See all my reviews

It's undeniable that this kind of plot was worked and reworked in many movies but "The Match" has a wonderful locale and a decent cast (also starring the American Tom Sizemore). The team of misfits subject is here handled focusing on quirky characters and on a romantic basis (Willie is still in love with his childhood friend Rosemary). This small-town comedy - with a little Pierce Brosnan cameo - dealing with the underdog theme and the football/soccer popularity, could somehow remind other working class stories but it's completely different from Ken Loach pictures because is less centered on social problems and more on a melhancoly atmosphere. However it works

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