Blackball (2003)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Sport  |  5 September 2003 (UK)
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A rebellious young British bowls player teams with another older and more traditional player to take on the Australian bowls team.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Terry Alderton ...
Bouncer Jonno
Emma Amos ...
Local News Reporter
Paul Bentall ...
Gate Guard (as Paul Bental)
Neil Conrich ...


Try as he might, the roguishly handsome Cliff Starkey, just can't keep out of trouble. In his sleepy home town on the English coast, nothing much inspires him...apart from bowls. Cliff has always preferred to play by his own rules much to the disapproval of the regimented, elderly bowls fraternity. Before long, the bay boy of bowls is turning the sedate and very English pastime upside down with hysterical results. Written by Anonymous

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At last, a sportsman the British can be proud of... See more »


Comedy | Drama | Sport

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »




Release Date:

5 September 2003 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

National Lampoon's Blackball  »

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Opening Weekend:

£376,233 (UK) (5 September 2003)


£733,179 (UK) (12 September 2003)

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The "supercar" that Cliff and pals test out is the TVR Tuscan. See more »


There is paper confetti all over the floor of the indoor bowling green for the England Vs Australia match, in the next shot there is none. See more »


Cliff: Is it on the condom?
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Avoid this film! It is just awful
6 September 2003 | by (Cambridge) – See all my reviews

If you are a comedian and starring in a film, I would have thought at some point you'd look at your own script. This obviously didnt happen with Blackball, a film so bad even Johnny Vegas isnt funny in it. If I could speak to Vince Vaughn I would say, 'Vince, i'm so sorry, please promise me you never think of starring in a British film again'. The main problem is Kayes character. He starts off as a horrible **** who you hope gets thumped or loses a bowls match or just dies. He doesnt and succeeds but carries on being a real idiot. You dont side with him, you dont see what he's done to woo the girl and you fail to like him at all. We are then supposed to support him. There are no jokes, it's slow paced and before he takes on the Aussies, you wish it had finished. They then play the Australians and the match, altho shown in highlights, feels like you've sat thru the whole match - twice. Just a poor poor film with nothing going for it but a song by Doves. I'd happily never watch any scene in this movie ever again - please don't watch it.

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