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The Firm (2009)

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Football hooligans organize themselves into firms that represent their favorite team.

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Nick Love

Writers:

Al Ashton (original screenplay), Nick Love (adaptation)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Anderson ... Bex
Calum MacNab ... Dom
Daniel Mays ... Yeti
Doug Allen ... Trigger
Joe Jackson Joe Jackson ... Jay
Richie Campbell ... Snowy
James Kelly James Kelly ... Beef
Jaf Ibrahim Jaf Ibrahim ... Usef
Tommy Nash Tommy Nash ... Nunk
Eddie Webber ... Bob
Camille Coduri ... Shel
Billy Seymour Billy Seymour ... Terry
Joanne Matthews ... Suzy
Ebony Gilbert ... Justine
Michael Davis Michael Davis ... Johnny
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Storyline

Set in the 1980s, Dom is a teenager who finds himself drawn into the charismatic world of football 'casuals, influenced by the firm's top boy, Bex. Accepted by the gang for his fast mouth and sense of humor, Dom soon becomes one the boys. But as Bex and his gang clash with rival firms across the country and the violence spirals out of control, Dom realizes he wants out - until he learns it's not that easy to simply walk away.

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Country:

UK

Release Date:

18 September 2009 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

A Sociedade See more »

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Opening Weekend:

£310,060 (United Kingdom), 20 September 2009, Limited Release
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Vertigo Films See more »
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2.35 : 1
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Bex's estate agents is called Hunter Ashton & Clarke. Which is a nod to both the writer and the director of the 1989 original movie. See more »

Goofs

The main characters Bex and Dom are seen sat inside of a white 'scaffolding' van and visibly seen on the van's interior by the passenger seat belt is a modern L.E.D touch light gadget. This typical modern technology was not developed during the decade in which the film is set. See more »

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Bex: [Terry bumps into Bex on the dance floor] Whoa. Sorry mate.
Terry: It's alright mate. Teach you to dance like a fucking melt though, won't it?
Bex: Slow down. I'm just cutting a rug with me wife.
Terry: [Terry looks at Bex' wife] What that?
Bex: No, you don't wanna make one with me mate. I'll fucking leave you behind.
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Performed by The Gap Band
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Not a football hooligan movie, or a patch on the original. Still its not too bad...
22 September 2009 | by rapzillarSee all my reviews

If you have seen the original version of this, then the chances are you will really want to see this. I have seen the original, so when i saw this first advertised, i almost wet myself with anticipation. Sadly, i have to report that I'm quite disappointed. Paul Anderson does a pretty good job as Bex Bissle, however the performance can only be described as lacklustre when compared to the tower of menace and intensity that Gary Oldmans original incarnation produced.

Now. If you are going to see this in the hope that its another Football Factory/Green Street/Rise Of The Footsoldier orgy of football and people bashing the crap out of each other, you will be sadly disappointed.

This film does however contain Elise tracksuits, Adidas trainers, some bad haircuts and a decent soundtrack. Oh and there is a lot of profanities if you like that sort of thing in a movie. thinking about it this movie doesn't have a great deal else. There isn't much talk about the beautiful game or the teams the firms themselves support, there isn't much in the way of beatings, and if I'm honest, not a great deal of violence. Im actually very surprised that this merits an 18 certificate.

However, the film is well acted, does feel quite indie and very British, though the trailer for that new Michael Caine movie was most likely the most excited i got in the whole 2 hours.

Yes see this movie if your interested in the subject matter, but if you haven't seen the original and want to watch a proper football hooligan movie, check that out instead.


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