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Up 'n' Under (1998)

The Cobblers Arms have been the best and most feared Amateur Rugby League team for the past ten years. Ex-pro Arthur bets their boss that he could train a bunch of deadbeats to defeat them ... See full summary »


John Godber


John Godber
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gary Olsen Gary Olsen ... Arthur Hoyle
Richard Ridings ... Frank
Samantha Womack Samantha Womack ... Hazel Scott (as Samantha Janus)
Ralph Brown ... Phil
Neil Morrissey ... Steve
Adrian Hood ... Tommy
David MacCreedy David MacCreedy ... Tony
Tony Slattery ... Reg Welch
Griff Rhys Jones ... Ray Mason, Radio York commentator
Jane Thornton ... Doreen Hoyle (as Jane Clifford-Thornton)
Susan Tully Susan Tully ... June
John Thomson ... Stan
Nicholas Lane Nicholas Lane ... Colin West
Jenny Jules ... Carol
Maria Pastel Maria Pastel ... Vicky


The Cobblers Arms have been the best and most feared Amateur Rugby League team for the past ten years. Ex-pro Arthur bets their boss that he could train a bunch of deadbeats to defeat them in a local rugby sevens tournament. But to do so he must first get them into shape with the help of the very attractive Hazel Scott. Written by John M Doyle

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Plot Keywords:

rugby | bet | gym | pub | seven a side | See All (101) »


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Comedy | Sport


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Release Date:

23 January 1998 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Up and Under See more »


Box Office


$1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£663,157 (United Kingdom), 25 January 1998, Limited Release

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The phrase "up 'n' under" (a catchphrase of real-life rugby commentator Eddie Waring) is a term used in rugby. An "up 'n' under" is a high kick angled so that the catcher, while looking skyward at the descending ball, receives at the same time as the ball, one or more chasing players travelling at speed, into his abdomen. The intention is to dislodge the ball, or even persuade the catcher to not bother making the catch. See more »

Crazy Credits

This film is dedicated to the memory of 'Brian Glover' (Jack) 1934-1997. See more »


References Rocky (1976) See more »


Performed by James
Written by Tim Booth (as Booth), Larry Gott (as Gott), Jim Glennie (as Glennie) and Brian Eno (as Eno)
Published by Blue Mountain Music/Opal Music
Courtesy of Mother Records Ltd
By kind permission of Polygram Commercial Marketing Division
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If you like Brit Movies then this is a must see
14 September 2004 | by dadies_98See all my reviews

A brilliant comedy that highlights the British sense of humour and makes you get involved with the characters as they strive to become a team and win against The Cobblers. If you liked The Full Monty and When Saturday Comes then this is a must see. The soundtrack is brilliant and the actors play the parts amazingly and for the lads out there, there is an added bonus that you get to see Samantha Janus naked in the shower. Also there is the brilliance of the sadly deceased Gary Olsen (remember 2 point 4 children) who makes the film what it is not to mention Neil Morrissey (Men Behaving Badly) who plays the lanky and funny rugby lad very well. If you want to see a Brit Movie that makes you walk away feeling great then this is the one to see.

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