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Blackball -- A rebellious young British bowls player teams with another older and more traditional player to take on the Australian bowls team.
Blackball -- 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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Tim Firth (screenplay)
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Release Date:
5 September 2003 (Ireland) See more »
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At last, a sportsman the British can be proud of... See more »
Plot:
A rebellious young British bowls player teams with another older and more traditional player to take on the Australian bowls team. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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(6 articles)
'Made in Dagenham's Nigel Cole directing 'Daylight Robbery'
 (From Digital Spy - Movie News. 17 October 2013, 9:18 AM, PDT)

Nigel Cole to Helm ‘Daylight Robbery’
 (From Variety - Film News. 17 October 2013, 2:47 AM, PDT)

Mel Smith dies aged 60
 (From ScreenDaily. 21 July 2013, 8:24 AM, PDT)

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Cast

  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Paul Kaye ... Cliff

James Cromwell ... Ray

Alice Evans ... Kerry

Bernard Cribbins ... Mutley

Johnny Vegas ... Trevor

Vince Vaughn ... Rick

Imelda Staunton ... Bridget

James Fleet ... Alan the Pipe

David Ryall ... Giles Wilton

Ian McNeice ... Hugh The Sideburns

Kenneth Cranham ... Chairman Collins
Terry Alderton ... Bouncer Jonno
Emma Amos ... Local News Reporter
Paul Bentall ... Gate Guard (as Paul Bental)
Neil Conrich ... Reporter Dave
Pamela Cundell ... OAP #1

Josie D'Arby ... Herself

Mark Dymond ... Kyle Doohan
Rosie Ede ... The Cleaner

Neil Finnighan ... MTV Awards Stunt Guy
Christopher Godwin ... Bowls Official
Howard Goorney ... Reg Boyt
Beau Holmes ... The Kangaroo Mascot
Ian Lindsay ... Dull Referee
Mark Little ... Mark Doohan
Angus Loughran ... Himself

Nigel Lindsay ... Targitex Chairman (as Nigel Lyndsay)
Meredith MacNeill ... Suzi
Geoffrey McGivern ... Brian Cronk (as Geoff McGivern)
Felicity Montagu ... Astronomer (as Felicity Montague)
Stephen Noonan ... The Advert Director (as Steve Noonan)
Ian O'Hara ... The Lion Mascot
Vicki Pepperdine ... Henna Haired PA (as Vicky Pepperdine)

Jeff Rawle ... Dennis

Julian Rivett ... Journalist #1

David Schneider ... Young Buck Reporter
Marlene Sidaway ... Fifty-year Old Lady

Tony Slattery ... Flash Referee
Jon Snow ... Himself
Barry Woolgar ... Journalist #2
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Robert Duncan ... (uncredited)

Jess-Luisa Flynn ... Secretary (uncredited)
Vic Reeves ... TV Director (uncredited)

Directed by
Mel Smith 
 
Writing credits
Tim Firth (screenplay)

Produced by
Mairi Bett .... line producer
Steve Christian .... executive producer
Bruce Davey .... executive producer
Liam Foley .... associate producer
James Gay-Rees .... producer
Duncan Reid .... executive producer
Mel Smith .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Stephen Warbeck (music composed by)
 
Cinematography by
Vernon Layton (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Chris Blunden  (as Christopher Blunden)
 
Casting by
Carrie Hilton 
Mindy Marin 
 
Production Design by
Grenville Horner 
 
Art Direction by
Sarah Kane 
David Walley 
 
Costume Design by
Nigel Egerton 
Anja Mai 
 
Makeup Department
Kevin Alexander .... hair artist
Kevin Alexander .... makeup artist
Kirstin Chalmers .... makeup designer
Peta Dunstall .... makeup daily: additional crew (as Peta D)
Nicola Matthews .... makeup daily: additional crew
Laura McIntosh .... makeup daily: additional crew
Caroline Mulligan .... makeup daily: additional crew
Sara Riesel .... hair artist
Sara Riesel .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Neil Grimshaw .... post-production supervisor
Mark Grimwade .... unit manager
Marshall Leviten .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Matthew Baker .... second assistant director
Dez Gray .... third assistant director
John Greaves .... second unit director
Max Keene .... first assistant director
Danny McGrath .... third assistant director
Andrea Slater .... third assistant director: crowd
 
Art Department
Steven Adamson .... painter (as Steve Adamson)
Laurence Archer .... dressing props
Trevor Daniels .... property master
Gary Gleeson .... hod painter
Craig Gray .... construction manager
Barry Howard-Clark .... stand-by props
Mansel Jones .... carpenter
Barry Kirkham .... dressing props
Mike Malik .... stand-by props
Nathan Middleton .... painter
Garry Moore .... stand-by carpenter
Nina Ross .... assistant art director
Gemma Ryan .... set director
Andrea Simpson .... art department assistant
Wayne Thompson .... carpenter
John Tinney .... carpenter
Ruth Winn .... stand-by art director
Ian Whiteford .... greensman (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Hugo Adams .... foley editor
Peter Burgis .... foley artist
Michael A. Carter .... adr recordist (as Mike Carter)
Tony Cook .... boom operator
Andie Derrick .... foley artist (as Andi Derrick)
Gillian Dodders .... adr editor
Gillian Dodders .... dialogue editor
Mark Heslop .... supervising sound editor
Tony Jackson .... sound recordist: second unit
Brendan Nicholson .... dubbing mixer
Colin Nicolson .... production sound recordist
Richard Pryke .... dubbing mixer
Andrew Wilkinson .... assistant sound editor (as Andy 'Pandos' Wilkinson)
Andrew Caller .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Steve Lucas .... special effects coordinator
 
Visual Effects by
Henry Badgett .... compositor
Steve Boag .... optical coordinator
Martin Bullard .... optical coordinator
Mark Curtis .... compositor
Stefan Drury .... visual effects producer
Dan Duran .... compositor (as Daniel Walton)
Chris Elson .... compositor
Michael Elson .... head of production
Rudi Holzapfel .... visual effects supervisor
Stuart Lashley .... compositor
Phillip Leonhardt .... compositor
Jessica Norman .... compositor
Sarah Soulsby .... compositor
Sally Spencer .... visual effects coordinator
Matthew Symonds .... designer: end titles, CineImage (as Matt Symonds)
Niki Wakefield .... compositor
 
Stunts
Gareth Milne .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Eugene Adabari .... still photographer
Marc Atherfold .... second focus puller (as Mark Atherfold)
Ray Brown .... electrician
Richard Carroll .... clapper loader
Ricky Churchouse .... electrician: additional crew (as Richard Churchouse)
David Cozens .... focus puller
Chris Craig .... moving lights consultant
Jamie Fowlds .... Steadicam operator
Jamie Fowlds .... camera operator
David Fox .... stand-by rigger
Colin Gallagher .... electrician
Kevin Gardner .... electrician: additional crew
John Golding .... second camera operator
Dave Gray .... stand-by rigger
Adrienne Hayward .... camera trainee
Tony Jackson .... Steadicam operator
James Layton .... assistant loader
Andy Long .... gaffer
Mick Lyf .... electrician: additional crew
Zac Nicholson .... focus puller: second unit
John Rake .... grip
Ian Robson .... electrician: additional crew
Pete Sargent .... electrician: additional crew
Steven Schofield .... electrician (as Steve Schofield)
Matt Shaw .... clapper loader: second unit
Colin Simkiss .... electrician: additional crew (as Colin Simpkiss)
Ian Smith .... electrician: additional crew
David Summerfield .... assistant grip
William Tracey .... best boy (as William Tracy)
Karl Watkins .... director of photography: second unit
 
Casting Department
Millie Chadbon .... casting assistant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Charlotte Child .... costume assistant
Nicola Gelder .... costume daily: additional crew
Anne Lavender-Jones .... costume daily: additional crew
Pam Verram .... costume daily: additional crew
Vanessa Woolgar .... costume supervisor
Pamela Verran .... costume assistant (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Steve Harrow .... post-production consultant
Steve Maguire .... assistant editor
David Rees .... film grader
 
Music Department
Ian Neil .... music consultant
Dan Rose .... music supervisor
 
Transportation Department
Paul Bird .... driver: prop van
Frank Carr .... driver: standby prop van
Bill Clare .... driver: construction truck
Kenny Cooil .... minibus driver: Isle of Man
Malcolm Corlett .... unit driver: Isle of Man
Jimmy Coutts .... driver: dining bus
Kevin Gardner .... driver: additional crew
Finn Hillman .... driver: wardrode van (as 'Finn' Hillman)
Mareike Hinrichs .... unit driver: Isle of Man
Danny Kent .... unit driver: UK
Paris Leonti .... unit driver: Shepperton (as Barry Leonti)
Mike Lewis .... unit driver: Isle of Man
Karen Moran .... unit driver: Isle of Man
Wayne Morris .... driver: camera car
Ron Narduzzo .... unit driver: UK
Ian Robson .... driver: additional crew
Paul Samson .... driver: honeywagon
Colin Simkiss .... driver: additional crew (as Colin Simpkiss)
Charlie Simpson .... driver: makeup van
Charlie Simpson .... transportation captain
Richard Sloggett .... unit driver: UK
Ian Smith .... driver: additional crew
Brian Wilson .... minibus driver: Isle of Man
 
Other crew
Joanne Batten .... production assistant: UK
James Biddle .... production coordinator
Fiona Bone .... stand-in: Isle of Man
Eddie Booth .... assistant location manager
Alison Brister .... legal: Ingenious Films
Daniel Budd .... assistant production accountant
Jeremy Burnage .... assistant coordinator
Mike Clark-Hall .... production assistant: Prep
Amanda Clarkson .... stand-in: Shepperton
Chris Cullum .... health & safety officer
Cuong Dang .... production assistant: Shepperton
Nicky Earnshaw .... production assistant: IOM
Giles Edleston .... location manager
Julia Finn .... unit publicist
Sarah Gardiner .... production assistant: UK
Nicole Gregory .... unit publicist
Azzam Ibellini .... stand-in: Shepperton
John Jaggon .... accounting: Ingenious Films
Paula Jalfon .... physical production: Ingenious Films
Jason Jalloul .... floor runner
Luke Maker .... stand-in: Torquay
John Miles .... production accountant
Sheila Fraser Milne .... bond (as Sheila Fraser-Milne)
Calum Morrissey .... stand-in: Isle of Man
Clive Noakes .... laboratory contact
Sara Sawyer .... stand-in: Torquay
Dorothy Sewell .... unit nurse: Isle of Man
Tina Shadick .... accounts assistant
Elizabeth Tremblay .... script supervisor
Jaqueline Turner .... unit nurse: Torquay
 
Thanks
Jeremy Baxter .... with thanks to
Nick Cain .... with thanks to
Martha Coleman .... with thanks to
Simon Crowe .... with thanks to
Alex Downie .... with thanks to
Hilary Dugdale .... with thanks to
Andrew Fingret .... with thanks to
Kim Fletcher .... with thanks to
Janey Fothergill .... with thanks to
Martin Haines .... with thanks to
Nick Hill .... with thanks to
David Johnson .... with thanks to
Patrick McKenna .... with thanks to
Christos Michaels .... with thanks to
Richard Moxon .... with thanks to
David Sanders .... with thanks to
Griff Sanders .... with thanks to
Leonard Singer .... with thanks to
Emma Stanyer .... with thanks to
Bob Storer .... with thanks to
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"National Lampoon's Blackball" - USA (video title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for language
Runtime:
96 min
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Trivia:
The tagline "At last a sportsman the British can be proud of..." is actually written "aT last a spOrtSman the britiSh can bE pRoud of..." the capitalised letters spelling the word 'Tosser' which is a word frequently used in the film.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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 »
Movie Connections:
References The Matrix (1999)See more »

FAQ

Is this a "National Lampoon" film?
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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
Nothing new here, 10 September 2003
Author: Ben Yates from Morecambe, England

Typical run-of-the-mill British comedy, the kind of lukewarm stuff we seem to reproduce on a regular basis. Parts of the film are amusing although nothing stands out as memorable and the whole thing is a bit predictable. It is hard to feel anything for the lead character, and the moral stance of the film is not clear. Johnny Vegas lifted the film for me, as he provides some moments of genuine amusement simply by playing himself. Could have been a whole lot better, but on the whole it's watchable as long as you don't expect too much from it.

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