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An orphaned Jamaican baby is adopted by an elderly white couple and brought up in an all white area of London and becomes one of the most feared and respected men in Britain. Based on a true story.

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Jon S. Baird

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nonso Anozie ... Cass
Gavin Brocker ... Prentice
Leo Gregory ... Freeman
Natalie Press ... Elaine
Paul Kaye ... C. P.
Bronson Webb ... The Assassin
Peter Wight ... Cecil
Tamer Hassan ... Ray
Carl Fairweather Carl Fairweather ... Martin
Linda Bassett ... Doll
Lorraine Stanley ... Linda
Azaria Omaboe Azaria Omaboe ... baby George
Verelle Roberts Verelle Roberts ... Young Cass
Rory Jennings Rory Jennings ... Young Freeman
Joe Siffleet Joe Siffleet ... Young West Ham Kid
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An orphaned Jamaican baby, adopted by an elderly white couple and brought up in an all white area of London, became one of the most feared and respected men in Britain. CASS grew up in a time before political correctness and was forced to endure racist bullying on a daily basis, until one day when the years of pent up anger came out in a violent burst. CASS found through violence the respect he never had and became addicted to the buzz of fighting. His way of life finally caught up with him when an attempted assassination on his life, saw him shot three times at point blank range. His inner strength somehow managed to keep him alive but he was left with a dilemma; whether to seek vengeance as the street had taught him, or renounce his violent past. Written by Anonymous

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The hardest fight is knowing who you are.

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Biography | Crime | Drama

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Official Sites:

Official site [UK]

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 August 2008 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Cass - Legend of a Hooligan See more »

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Budget:

£1,000,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Cass Films,Logie Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The film received a full blown (cast and crew) premier at Cineworld on Broad Street in Birmingham, UK. In order to accomplish this the cinema had to order a print of the film as they were not going to originally show it. Cineworld, Broad Street is itself the premier cinema outside of London in the UK. Other cinemas adjacent to Cineworld, Broad Street took note of this and ordered copies themselves, this had a dramatic effect on promoting the film. Accordingly the cinema run of Cass broke any and all expectations, pushing it to the very top of 18 rated movies that year in the British made film ratings. See more »

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The film combines the two periods, Cass Pennant spent in prison. He was actually first entered prison in 1980 not in 1983 as shown in the film. See more »

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Barnardo's Bovver Boy.
19 July 2009 | by SpikeopathSee all my reviews

This is the film adaptation of how one Carol "Cass" Pennant rose from being an orphaned black boy, adopted by a white middle aged couple, to being a leader of the notorious football hooligan firm, The ICF.

You know what's funny? That one of the most well known names in the world of British Football Hooliganism is the last in the line of football violence related medium's. Had this film, and Cass' book been ten years ago, it surely would have had a greater impact. Going back to when the Brimson Brothers decided to write about a topic nobody but those involved understood in the mid 90s {source Everywhere We Go}, there has been books galore from what seems almost every footie hoolie mob going. Throw in all the film's and documentaries that have found a distributor since Gary Oldman starrer, The Firm 1988 {ID, Football Factory, Green Street and The Rise Of A Footsoldier etc}, well it's a pretty exhausted subject. So much so, that it's only really those of a certain age, and of an inclination to the topic, that can get much out of what essentially feels like a belated cash in.

In Cass' favour is that Pennant does have an interesting back story from which to launch from. His upbringing, and early struggles with racism is nicely dealt with. It put me in mind with Caroline Gall's book about hooligan outfit Zulu Warriors, where the black and white mix of races became united at football matches {see what I mean about this film trailing in others wake's}. So it be with Cass, it does have a bit of heart to go with its obvious shouty muscle. But here in lies another problem with the film, where does it want to go? What is it asking or telling us? Is Cass conflicted emotionally? Or is he merely using his troubled youth as an excuse for pounding some poor Newcastle fans head in? Pertinent questions that aren't properly answered I feel. There's a nice sequence with Cass in prison, as his racial standing is called into question by a patois spouting convict, but outside of that the film flits between being about a troubled man to an all punching thug. Something that, as I mentioned earlier, is pretty much old hat now guv.

Nonso Anozie does good work as Pennant, and Natalie Press continues to be effective in these type of roles {see Fifty Dead Men Walking}, while the underused Tamer Hassan asserts his scenes in another typecast role. I personally enjoyed the film because I can see that those involved thought a good film could be made about the matters at hand, but I'm afraid that anyone hoping for something fresh are in for one big let down. 6/10


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