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Blackball (2003)

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A rebellious young British bowls player teams with another older and more traditional player to take on the Australian bowls team.

Director:

Mel Smith

Writer:

Tim Firth (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Kaye ... Cliff
James Cromwell ... Ray
Alice Evans ... Kerry
Bernard Cribbins ... Mutley
Johnny Vegas ... Trevor
Vince Vaughn ... Rick
Imelda Staunton ... Bridget
James Fleet ... Alan the Pipe
David Ryall ... Giles Wilton
Ian McNeice ... Hugh The Sideburns
Kenneth Cranham ... Chairman Collins
Terry Alderton Terry Alderton ... Bouncer Jonno
Emma Amos ... Local News Reporter
Paul Bentall Paul Bentall ... Gate Guard (as Paul Bental)
Neil Conrich Neil Conrich ... Reporter Dave
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Storyline

Try as he might, the roguishly handsome Cliff Starkey, just can't keep out of trouble. In his sleepy home town on the English coast, nothing much inspires him...apart from bowls. Cliff has always preferred to play by his own rules much to the disapproval of the regimented, elderly bowls fraternity. Before long, the bay boy of bowls is turning the sedate and very English pastime upside down with hysterical results. Written by Anonymous

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Feel The Passion Of The Balls. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 September 2003 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

National Lampoon's Blackball See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$48,000, 13 February 2005

Gross USA:

$48,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,223,155
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Based on a true story of Griff Sanders, who was thrown out of the Torquay Bowls Club for "improper conduct" (including writing "tosser" on the back of a score card). See more »

Goofs

During the England v. Australia match, most of the flags shown (including the graphics behind the "computer" head-shots) are Union Flags - the flag of the United Kingdom - and not St George Crosses - the flag of England. See more »

Quotes

Cliff: Is it on the condom?
Trevor: IT IS ON THE CONDOM!
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Connections

Spoofs The Right Stuff (1983) See more »

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Gonna Fly Now
Written by Bill Conti, Carol Connors and Ayn Robbins
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Nothing new here
10 September 2003 | by damusicman_ukSee all my reviews

Typical run-of-the-mill British comedy, the kind of lukewarm stuff we seem to reproduce on a regular basis. Parts of the film are amusing although nothing stands out as memorable and the whole thing is a bit predictable. It is hard to feel anything for the lead character, and the moral stance of the film is not clear. Johnny Vegas lifted the film for me, as he provides some moments of genuine amusement simply by playing himself. Could have been a whole lot better, but on the whole it's watchable as long as you don't expect too much from it.


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