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The Firm (2009)

 -  Drama  -  18 September 2009 (UK)
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Football hooligans organize themselves into firms that represent their favorite team.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Bex
Calum MacNab ...
Dom
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Joe Jackson ...
Jay
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James Kelly ...
Beef
Jaf Ibrahim ...
Tommy Nash ...
Nunk
Eddie Webber ...
Bob
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Shel
Billy Seymour ...
Terry
Joanne Matthews ...
Ebony Gilbert ...
Justine
Michael Davis ...
Johnny
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Storyline

Set in the 1980s, Dom is a teenager who finds himself drawn into the charismatic world of football 'casuals,influenced by the firm's top boy, Bex. Accepted by the gang for his fast mouth and sense of humor, Dom soon becomes one the boys. But as Bex and his gang clash with rival firms across the country and the violence spirals out of control, Dom realizes he wants out - until he learns it's not that easy to simply walk away. Written by Anonymous

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18 September 2009 (UK)  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£310,060 (UK) (18 September 2009)

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£686,502 (UK) (25 September 2009)
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Goofs

Towards the end of the film Bex and the rest of the firm are seen going into a London underground station and through some very modern looking ticket barriers. See more »

Quotes

Bex: [Terry bumps into Bex on the dance floor] Whoa. Sorry mate.
Terry: It's alright mate. Teach you to dance like a fucking melt though, won't it?
Bex: Slow down. I'm just cutting a rug with me wife.
Terry: [Terry looks at Bex' wife] What that?
Bex: No, you don't wanna make one with me mate. I'll fucking leave you behind.
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A better 80's review than a football hoolie film
2 February 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

After seeing some magazine articles about the film I was full of hope that this may be the best football hoolie film yet and certainly give a 'truer' representation of what life was like following football in the early eighties. Unfortunately, the reality is that it really carries no direction, you don't really find out anything about any of the characters and the lack of violence doesn't do the film any favours. Gary Oldman was a real 'psycho' in the original, Paul Anderson does a reasonable job but just wasn't menacing enough. The fight scenes were very poor, showing stand offs rather than actual fighting, that just wasn't what happened when two firms arranged a meet in the 80's. The music bought back a few memories and the best part of the film was the clothing, at least they got that right to a certain extent with Sergio, Fila, Ellesse and Pringle getting a good showing. Overall, it's a watchable film but it's not a great football film, not a lot of action and it isn't the best hooligan film to date, the original still takes that accolade. It's a shame but I don't think the original 'Firm' is likely to be beaten.


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