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I.D. (1995)

When a cop goes undercover to infiltrate a gang of hooligans, he finds himself being drawn to the other side.


Phil Davis (as Philip Davis)


James Bannon (original story) (as James Bannon), Vincent O'Connell (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Reece Dinsdale ... John
Richard Graham ... Trevor
Perry Fenwick Perry Fenwick ... Eddie
Philip Glenister ... Charlie
Warren Clarke ... Bob
Claire Skinner ... Marie
Saskia Reeves ... Lynda
Sean Pertwee ... Martin
Charles De'Ath ... Nik
Lee Ross ... Gumbo
Terry Cole ... Puff
Steve Sweeney ... Vinny
Nicholas R. Bailey ... Micky (as Nicholas Bailey)
Nick Bartlett ... David Daley
David Schaal ... Paul Funnell


Four policemen go undercover and infiltrate a gang of football hooligans hoping to root-out their leaders. For one of the four, the line between 'job' and 'yob' becomes more unclear as time passes . . . Written by Mark Harding <mah@imdb.com>

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When you go undercover, remember one thing: who you are.


Crime | Drama


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Did You Know?


Shadwell F.C. is actually based on Millwall F.C. Shadwell's nickname is The Dogs and their ground is called The Kennel. Millwall's nickname is The Lions and their ground is called The Den. West Ham's nickname is The Hammers. See more »


When the group of undercover officers attend their first home game at The Kennel, some of the crowd around them are wearing Sheffield Wednesday's 90s yellow & black away kit, the same colours as the fictitious Shadwell Town. See more »


John: You know me, yes you do. Honest John, milk monitor, prefect... Could've made head boy if I stayed on.
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Followed by ID2: Shadwell Army (2016) See more »


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Written by Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb & Maurice Gibb (as The Bee Gees)
Recording courtesy of Polydor
Published by Gibb Brothers Music/BMG
Music Publishing International Ltd.
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The best football film I have ever seen
17 September 1999 | by Tristan!-2See all my reviews

This is the best football film I have ever seen, yet strangely enough not a single football match is shown. Instead, it deals with the violence off the pitch.

The story is about four police officers who go undercover to find out who is the ringleader of a group of violent thugs at a fictitious East London football team, Shadwell FC (possibly but not necessarily based on Millwall FC, a real East London team with its own share of crowd trouble). This violent drama shows how easy it is to get drawn into the whole scene, to the extent that the policemen find their mission and dedication to justice is slowly being taken over by their newly found love of Shadwell.

It is a superb character study, well acted by Reece Dinsdale and Sean Pertwee, among others, although it is Warren Clarke who really steals the show with a superb performance as the ringleader.

Non-football fans will enjoy this film as well, possibly because of the lack of any football action. It is, for example, one of my wife's favorite films, although her interest in football per se is fairly insubstantial. However, if extreme violence or 'foul' language offends you, avoid this film.

As an Eastender, I have to say this film is one of the most accurate portrayals of football violence in the area. It is also a far better 'film about football' than other recent attempts such as WHEN SATURDAY COMES or FEVER PITCH. Although it has been out on video now for over three years at the time of writing this, it is still today one of the hardest videos to get out of the video-club in the East End, as it is almost always on loan.

Enjoy! I know you will.

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5 May 1995 (UK) See more »

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1.66 : 1
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