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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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Wullie Smith
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Sheila Bailey
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Billy Bailey
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Rosemary Bailey
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Gorgeous Gus
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Scrapper
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Big Tam
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Piss-Off
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Tommy
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Danny Van Boy
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Buffalo
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Carol McGhee
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Dingus
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Patsy (as Sam Fox)
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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!

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Comedy | Romance | Sport

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Rated PG-13 for language | See all certifications »
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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 »

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References The Ipcress File (1965) See more »

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Rock and Roll Part 2
Written by Gary Glitter, Mike Leander
Performed by Gary Glitter
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Not a bad flick...
4 October 2006 | by (On the pitch!!!) – See all my reviews

I enjoyed this movie thoroughly. The only reason I gave it an 8 is because of the "love" interests they try and through it. If they would have just kept the movie about football between the two pubs, then it would have made a 10 easy. Funny and entertaining, just can't get better than that. In all honesty, the football scene is way too short for the build up. I will admit, the ending is predictable. It starts off OK, builds, plateaus, then ends predictably. I recommend this to anyone who loves football. However it does not portray small town Scottish life very well. Rent it or buy it, you'll love it. I give it 3 thumbs up.


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