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The Match (1999)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Romance, Sport | 13 August 1999 (UK)
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Two Scottish pub football teams play each other in order to resolve a century-old grudge, with the prize for the winning team being the other team's pub.

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Mick Davis

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Max Beesley ... Wullie Smith
Isla Blair ... Sheila Bailey
James Cosmo ... Billy Bailey
Laura Fraser ... Rosemary Bailey
Richard E. Grant ... Gorgeous Gus
David Hayman ... Scrapper
Ian Holm ... Big Tam
Neil Morrissey ... Piss-Off
David O'Hara ... Mechanic
Bill Paterson ... Tommy
Iain Robertson ... Danny Van Boy
Tom Sizemore ... Buffalo
Sally Howitt ... Carol McGhee
Michael Nardone ... Dingus
Samantha Fox ... Patsy (as Sam Fox)
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The Match is a contemporary romantic comedy, set in the idyllic Highland village of Inverdoune. Wullie Smith, still carrying the physical and emotional scars of the childhood death of his younger brother, is the village milkman. A young man whose potential is concealed his gently diffident exterior, Wullie is locally known for his remarkable T.F.R. (Total Football Recall) and for his not-very-secret love for Rosemary Bailey, the breathtaking daughter of Bill Bailey, a local farmer with a curious affection for his cows. Rosemary has returned briefly to her home with a college degree before she leaves again to pursue a career in the big city. The single-street village has only two pubs - the ramshackle delights of Benny's Bar, spiritual home of its charmingly eccentric clientele and the sterile modernity of Le Bistro, owned by former professional footballer and preening narcissist, George Gus. But Benny's Bar may soon be lost forever. A bet made to settle a feud between the original ... Written by Anonymous

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It's a game of two pubs!

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Comedy | Romance | Sport

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Rated PG-13 for language | See all certifications »
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English

Release Date:

13 August 1999 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

A Aposta See more »

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Dolby Digital

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1.85 : 1
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The bar scene took five takes. See more »

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When Wullie is about to take the penalty shot, the sky goes from sunny to completely overcast between scenes. See more »

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References The Ipcress File (1965) See more »

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You Can Get It If You Really Want
Written by Jimmy Cliff
Performed by Desmond Dekker
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A Delightful and Exciting Dramatic-Romantic Comedy
6 March 2004 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

Wullie Smith (Max Beesley) is a handicapped young man with a serious trauma: his brother Johnny died when they were young while climbing a mountain because of his fault. He works as a milkman in a tiny city in Scotland and has a crush on Rosemary Bailey (Laura Fraser). However, he is too shy to declare his love to her. Every night, Wullie meets his friends in a pub called `Bennys'. This place is the fruit of a bet made one hundred years ago, against another pub, `Le Bistro'. In that time, their owners firmed a stake: Bennys would never win Le Bistro in one hundred soccer games along one hundred years. The winner of the bet would take possession of both pubs. In the present, Bennys has lost the previous ninety-nine games, and needs desperately to win the last game. I bought this DVD maybe two years ago in a sale offer, and I have not paid attention to it until today. I have just seen it, and it is a delightful and exciting movie. The story is indeed a comedy, but has also drama and romance. The cast has a great performance and makes the viewer cheers in many situations. I am Brazilian, land of the soccer (The British invented this game, and we improved it), and five times world champion, and I love soccer. This movie has absurd, such as the couch, who is handicap, decides the game shooting a penalty in the end of the match, but who is caring to that? The important thing is `the good guys' win `the bad guys', and this is achieved. It is a very funny situation, because in Brazil, we soccer fans have a saying, which is: `Penalty is so important that the president of the club should be responsible for shooting it'. Therefore, for us Brazilians, it is very funny the foregoing mentioned situation. Pierce Brosnan has a surprisingly participation in the end of the story. This film is highly recommended for fans of soccer. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): `A Aposta' (`The Bet')


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