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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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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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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 August 1999 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

A Aposta See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 A Fistful of Dollars (1964) See more »

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A superb feelgood film.
18 August 2000 | by cemk-2See all my reviews

Now this one is a remarkable little gem. The plot is very sympathetic, it has no great ambitions to prove it's a box-office topper, it has a kindness and warmth many a film lack these days, or even, I dare say, these decades. This film is proof that we still need a British film industry, for it has a very strong cast, a very well-written script, and very human elements to deal with. The film really aims at your heart and hits. It's funny, it's real, it is alive. The British these days are really very good at making films that are about all things human but which are not boring; this one is a very good example of it along with Notting Hill, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, and The Full Monty (yes, NH is actually US-backed, but it is typically English). When Americans try to be this life-like, the result is as boring as Dancer, Texas, pop. 81. I had just picked this one up for it starred Max Beesley that I had liked at the TV series Tom Jones and the ever-charming Richard E. Grant. I am very pleased that I made a very right decision not only for the two were great to watch -especially Beesley proves he is a very good and versatile actor and he manages a near-perfect West of Scotland accent unlike Richard E. Grant- but for it is a very good film as well. The acting's brilliant, the main event so small and unimportant that it proves life is not actually about saving the world from great enemies of humanity but is a structure made out of small, delightful and not-so-delightful elements; and that love, friendship, competition, are all nice, human desires and are there to be shared. This is one hell of a feel-good film and I hope anyone seeing this review will watch it. It'll make you feel good and human, too. This is the very film if you're feeling bored of all the Cruises, Damons, Willises of Hollywood, for it proves how you can be a very good actor and still not play-act as well. I definitely recommend this to anyone who still thinks cinema is about things human and not necessarily expensive and superhuman/surreal/ridiculous.


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