5.5/10
3,797
50 user 22 critic

Blackball (2003)

Trailer
1:48 | Trailer

Watch Now

With Prime Video

ON DISC
ALL
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)
Reviews

Videos

Photos

Edit

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
Edit

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

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 »
Edit

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 »

Edit

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£376,233 (United Kingdom), 7 September 2003, Limited Release
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

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

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!
See more »

Connections

References Rocky (1976) See more »

Soundtracks

Don't Stop Me Now
Written by Freddie Mercury
Performed by Queen
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »

User Reviews

 
You may still stay looking until the end even if you can not stay 5 minutes in front of a real match.
7 September 2003 | by litteuldanySee all my reviews

(However I saw some customer leaving before the end of the movie.) Good movie if you keep in mind that the base of it is a absolutely boring game for people as me who do not understand so much at it. I will be sure that is also an outrageous movie for people who are really fan of that game. If you forget the subject, the jokes are not too bad, the movie start very well (good part when Paul K. is coming at the final against James C.) but unfortunately it does not keep the rhythm. A good story ending which may look a bit stupid with a lot of luck for players and reconciliation and bla bla bla... as a "good American movie with a lot of "clichés". However Blackball is a good entertainment.


0 of 0 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 50 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

IMDb Freedive: Watch Movies and TV Series for Free

Watch Hollywood hits and TV favorites for free with IMDb Freedive. Start streaming on IMDb and Fire TV devices today!

Start watching

Stream Popular Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed