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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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Taglines:

From the director of "Bean" comes a comedy you will bowl over! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »
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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:

£376,233 (United Kingdom), 7 September 2003, Limited Release
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The tagline "At last a sportsman the British can be proud of..." is actually written "aT last a spOrtSman the britiSh can bE pRoud of..." the capitalized letters spelling the word 'Tosser' which is a word frequently used in the film. See more »

Goofs

There is paper confetti all over the floor of the indoor bowling green for the England Vs Australia match, in the next shot there is none. See more »

Quotes

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

References Rocky (1976) See more »

Soundtracks

Don't Stop Me Now
Written by Freddie Mercury
Performed by Queen
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A crying shame, why Johnny, WHY !
6 September 2003 | by SkaidonSee all my reviews

Right, Im not going to bore you with the intricacies of this film, as there aren't any, you've got your basic formula for a cheap sports comedy:

Enter one washed out nobody, who happens to be the don of <insert sport> Said nobody gets big breakthrough, simultaneously falling in love with some random blonde. Said blonde happens to be arch rivals relation blah blah blah

That aside, this film has the staple cheap gags, and the occasional visual gag, but, it never lifts off, sure, it'll make you laugh, but at what cost!

If your a fan of Johnny Vegas, don't bother seeing this, he is wasted in this.

Overall, a boring comedy, with cheap laughs and a blonde or two.

2/10


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