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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 »


Alan Clarke


Al Ashton (as Al Hunter)




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 Nick Dunning ... Simon
Nicholas Hewetson Nicholas Hewetson ... Beef
Steve McFadden Steve McFadden ... Billy
Steve Sweeney ... J.T
Hepburn Graham Hepburn Graham ... Stu


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 <>

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Release Date:

26 February 1989 (UK) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Gary Oldman and Lesley Manville, who play husband and wife in this film, were married at the time. See more »


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 »


Bex Bissell: We come in peace, we leave you in pieces.
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References First Blood (1982) See more »


Get Your Tits Out
sung to the tune of "Cwm Rhondda (Bread of Heaven)"
Music by John Hughes
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Social Realism or Did You Spill My Pint...
22 April 1999 | by ZeechSee all my reviews

Oh Yes...This is no exaggeration. The footie the fights. This movie has it all. I grew up on the outskirts of this thing, and as the movie shows, it is all highly organized and the participants are like Baz, often 'regular, working people' who even without being 'under the influence' need to get into a good kicking. The historical reality is, English fans became banned in numerous countries (most of Europe) and interestingly enough often became one of the few male bonding rituals, where race was not always an issue, as long as you could 'deliver a good kicking' you were in- witness the racial mix of Baz and his posse. I use this Film in media classes, especially with international students as a good kick off point for looking at a certain aspect of English culture Zeech

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