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The Pass (2016)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 8 May 2018 (USA)
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A romantic interaction between two young footballers profoundly affects one of them throughout the rest of his life and career.

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Ben A. Williams

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John Donnelly
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview:
Russell Tovey ... Jason
Arinzé Kene ... Ade (as Arinze Kene)
Lisa McGrillis ... Lyndsey
Nico Mirallegro ... Harry
Rory J. Saper ... Bellboy
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Nineteen-year-old Jason and Ade have been in the Academy of a famous London football club since they were eight years old. It's the night before their first-ever game for the first team - a Champions League match - and they're in a hotel room in Romania. They should be sleeping, but they're over-excited. They skip, fight, mock each other, prepare their kit, watch a teammate's sex tape. And then, out of nowhere, one of them kisses the other. The impact of this 'pass' reverberates through the next ten years of their lives - a decade of fame and failure, secrets and lies, in a sporting world where image is everything.

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Sometimes winning means losing yourself

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 May 2018 (USA) See more »

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The Pass See more »

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Toledo Productions See more »
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Russell Tovey played Jason in the original play, which was performed in Royal Court Theatre in 2014. See more »

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Jason: I live in the same world as you do, mate. Just better parts of it.
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Featured in The EE British Academy Film Awards (2017) See more »

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The Closet can get quite full at times
23 April 2017 | by t-dooley-69-386916See all my reviews

Russell Tovey plays Jason who is with his team mate Ade (Arinze Kene) in a hotel room in Romania on the night before a big game. They spend the night talking of dreams, the chances they may take and horsing around just this side of being overtly homoerotic.

The air is crackling with sexual tension and then the story moves on into the future and that is where it gets very interesting and quite deep. To say more would ruin the plot. Now this is essentially a play in three acts and it could easily be staged. The cast is minimal and that means that everyone has to be on top form and they all are. Tovey has to carry most scenes but he is ably supported by the others involved.

This is a gay based film but it is not a bedroom fest but does feature a fair bit of nakedness but not the Full Monty type either. This is a film for those who like a very human story and have an interest in why so few football professional players have ever come out of the very packed footie closet.


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