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The Rack Pack (2016)

TV-G | | Comedy, Drama, Sport | 17 January 2016 (UK)
The story of the 1980s snooker rivalry between the flamboyant Alex Higgins and the methodical Steve Davis.


Brian Welsh
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dennis Taylor ... Self (archive footage)
Steve Davis ... Self (archive footage)
Alex Higgins Alex Higgins ... Self (archive footage)
Luke Treadaway ... Alex Higgins
Will Merrick ... Steve Davis
Kevin Bishop ... Barry Hearn
Nichola Burley ... Lynn Higgins
James Bailey James Bailey ... Jimmy White
Daniel Fearn ... Robbo
John Sessions ... Ted Lowe
Tom Fisher ... Pete
Rob Crouch Rob Crouch ... Oliver Reed
Russ Bain ... Cliff Thorburn
Marc McCardie Marc McCardie ... Tony Knowles
Caolan Byrne ... Dennis Taylor


The story tells of the rivalry between Alex 'Hurricane' Higgins - whose natural talent and showmanship transformed the image of the traditional game and captivated audiences across the country - and Steve 'The Nugget' Davis, who under the guidance of manager Barry Hearn dominated the sport throughout the 80s and ushered in a new era of professionalism. Written by BBC Media Centre

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Two megastars, one sport and a fight for victory.


Comedy | Drama | Sport



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Did You Know?


Alex Higgins actually really couldn't stand Davis and would always spread rumours about Davis to the other players. See more »


A Space Invaders Part II (1980) and Pac Man (UK release 1981) can be seen in the UK pub while the scene supposed to take place 1976. See more »


Alex Higgins: Before me, it was just old farts taking it in turns to miss.
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References World Championship Snooker (1973) See more »

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Documentary drama of 1980's Snooker and the characters behind it
31 January 2016 | by Fudge-3See all my reviews

In the 1970's the BBC show Pot Black started to create some TV personalities like Ray Rearden and Dennis Taylor. Who would have thought that a program about two men taking turns to hit balls with sticks would be popular but it took off. Pretty soon the world championship snooker tournament was being televised. Millions of viewers proved they had the desire and stamina to watch games that lasted hours, interest in the players grew and the prize money rocketed.

The Rack Pack documents snooker's rise in popularity and how it alternatively made and broke two people. It focuses on Alex Higgins and Steve Davis. We see one personality being created from almost a blank canvas. On the other hand we see a dynamic personality destroyed by inner demons, be repaired and then self destruct.

In parts this film is funny, sad, informative and made me reflect on the need for identifiable personalities in sport. Do we need "bad" boys in our viewing before we really engage? At 88 minutes this film isn't as long as some snooker frames and is well worth your time.

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17 January 2016 (UK) See more »

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$100,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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