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Playing the Moldovans at Tennis (2012)

Comedian Tony Hawks is set the challenge of beating at tennis all 11 of the Moldovan international footballers who lost 4-0 to England at Wembley.

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Tony Hawks ...
Tony Hawks
Anatol Durbalã ...
Iulian
Igor Babiac ...
Adrian
Ana Chirita ...
Elena
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Steve
Silvia Luca ...
Dina
Viorel Cornescu ...
Grigore
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Jane
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David
Laura Solon ...
Susan
Ina Surdu ...
Corina
Igor Caras ...
Balazov
Sandu Grecu ...
The Green One
Ion Grosu ...
Mr. Vatamanu
Peter Bailey ...
The Moldovan Beatles - Paul
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Comedian Tony Hawks is set the challenge of beating at tennis all 11 of the Moldovan international footballers who lost 4-0 to England at Wembley.

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comedian | tennis | bet | football | moldova | See All (7) »

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Comedy | Drama

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22 June 2012 (UK)  »

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Теннис с молдаванами  »

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£250,000 (estimated)
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The first British feature film to be largely set in Moldova. See more »

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Follows Round Ireland with a Fridge (2010) See more »

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The One That Got Away
Written by Tony Hawks, Jens Thoresen & Keely Hawkes
Performed by Tony Hawks, Jens Thoresen & Keely Hawkes
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Very worthy cause but ultimately a home movie
23 June 2012 | by (Atlanta) – See all my reviews

As a family, we had enjoyed Round Ireland with a fridge. Its quirky sense of humour had greatly appealed to both my daughters (10 and 12). We were therefore looking forward to this film (which has been in production for a long time).

The distribution model for this film seems largely to be via internet streaming. There appears to be a tour from Tony Hawks of the film and a very limited cinema release. I personally don't believe that the film is anywhere strong enough for a wider cinema release.

So what's wrong with it?

1. It's not nearly funny enough. There are many smiles, but few big laughs. 2. The book is good. It revealed that the author learned a lot about himself from his experience in Moldova. This only vaguely transfers to the screen. 3. The plot is reasonably but not compellingly constructed. If the streaming had stopped half way through (it didn't, it worked well), I am not sure I would have felt any need to find it again to see the end.

In summary, it's an OK film. This is a shame, because Tony Hawks has funded the film himself from his retirement savings. All proceeds (and these will be low) go to a hospital for mentally handicapped that Tony himself has founded in Moldova.

Had it been a better film (perhaps by involving others in the production? NB Tony performed most jobs himself to keep costs down), maybe it would have raised more money?

Please buy it anyway; treat the £4 streaming cost as a charitable donation


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