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The Firm 

This is the story of rival "Firms" of football supporters, and how one man has a wish to team them up for the European Championships of 1988. However, when this is discussed, the opposing ... See full summary »

Director:

Alan Clarke

Writer:

Al Ashton (as Al Hunter)
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Gary Oldman ... Bex Bissell
Lesley Manville ... Sue
Phil Davis ... Yeti (as Philip Davis)
Andrew Wilde ... Oboe
Charles Lawson ... Trigg
William Vanderpuye William Vanderpuye ... Aitch
Jay Simpson ... Dominic
Patrick Murray ... Nunk
Robbie Gee ... Snowy
Terry Sue-Patt ... Yusef (as Terry Sue Patt)
Nick Dunning ... Simon
Nicholas Hewetson Nicholas Hewetson ... Beef
Steve McFadden Steve McFadden ... Billy
Steve Sweeney ... J.T
Hepburn Graham Hepburn Graham ... Stu
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This is the story of rival "Firms" of football supporters, and how one man has a wish to team them up for the European Championships of 1988. However, when this is discussed, the opposing leaders are not happy, as they believe this is a challenge to their authority. This Film shows how football violence has progressed from pure violence to a form of organized crime, to the extent that all the leaders know each others home phone / mobile phone numbers. Written by Darren Alexander <Darren@lerman.ftech.co.uk>

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Drama

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Trivia

In an ironic twist, despite playing the leader of the hooligan firm, the Inter City Firm who are associated with West Ham United and therefore dislike Millwall, Gary Oldman actually supports Millwall (the hooligan firm in the film are called The Buccaneers, based on the real life Bushwackers firm). See more »

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The BMW 3 Series vandalized at the service station changes from a 1982 E30 model to an older 1975 E21 model when attacked. See more »

Quotes

J.TBillySimonBeef: [singing, in the tune of "This Old Man"] Hornchurch boys, we are here, fuck your women and drink your beer, la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la! Hornchurch boys are big and strong!
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References First Blood (1982) See more »

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That's Amore
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Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Jack Brooks
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" I need the Buzz "
5 July 2004 | by mulhollandmanSee all my reviews

Alan Clarke has cemented his reputation as a gritty realist director through three successful films. These are " Scum ", " Made in Britain " and " The Firm ". These are his most memorable as they were the launch pads for three of Britain's greatest actors. Ray Winestone as Carlin in " Scum ", Tim Roth as Trevor in " Made in Britain " & Gary Oldman as Bex in " The Firm ". All these films have one thing in common. They do not let up for anything or anyone when it comes to Violence, Racism and anti-social beliefs.

The Firm centers around the I.C.C (Inner City Crew) firm and their leader and top boy Bex. Bex is a well to do estate agent who has a nice motor, a lovely home and wife and child. Bex's position is firmly established in their first meeting with two other rival firms. Bex has an vision of a united firm to go to the German European Cup and it is he that should lead it. However he must deal with the leaders of the other firms before he can lead an united front abroad.

We see the I.C.C travel to rival turf and stake their claim but this is not before a disaster happens. The world of Football thuggery is dealt with carefully by showing us Bex as a man that craves the buzz that he is top boy. He is not content with being the leader of his own firm he wants more and more. It appears he has everything else a good job, car and a loving wife however as his obsession with being the over all top boy that we are introduced to the cracks that are appearing in his marriage due to his violent past time.

This film is excellent in it's character portrayal and it does show a very different Gary Oldman character. Bex at the out set comes across as a typical nice bloke who works hard and has a good sense of humor but at the end of the film you are weary that you would never cross him due to his ferocious temper. There is one great scene when Bex's wife confronts him and asks when is he going to give up this lifestyle and he replies " I need the Buzz ". What can I say this really does sum up the whole idea of grown males going around knocking seven shades out of one another.

My only complaint is that the film was not longer. My reasons for watching this film is because of the new films that are being made about football violence (The Football Factory, The Yank)I wanted to see a film that was made during the time that football violence was in it's prime in Great Britain and Europe. I was also thrilled that there was no mention of any football teams as it showed exactly what these thugs enjoyed doing and that is slapping people. This point is observed by one of Bex's crew at a meeting.

If it is ever on the T.V. watch it, or buy the D.V.D it will not disappoint.


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UK

Language:

English

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26 February 1989 (UK) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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