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The Match (1999)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Romance, Sport | 13 August 1999 (UK)
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Two Scottish pub football teams play each other in order to resolve a century-old grudge, with the prize for the winning team being the other team's pub.

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Mick Davis

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Mick Davis
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Max Beesley ... Wullie Smith
Isla Blair ... Sheila Bailey
James Cosmo ... Billy Bailey
Laura Fraser ... Rosemary Bailey
Richard E. Grant ... Gorgeous Gus
David Hayman ... Scrapper
Ian Holm ... Big Tam
Neil Morrissey ... Piss-Off
David O'Hara ... Mechanic
Bill Paterson ... Tommy
Iain Robertson ... Danny Van Boy
Tom Sizemore ... Buffalo
Sally Howitt ... Carol McGhee
Michael Nardone ... Dingus
Samantha Fox ... Patsy (as Sam Fox)
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Storyline

The Match is a contemporary romantic comedy, set in the idyllic Highland village of Inverdoune. Wullie Smith, still carrying the physical and emotional scars of the childhood death of his younger brother, is the village milkman. A young man whose potential is concealed his gently diffident exterior, Wullie is locally known for his remarkable T.F.R. (Total Football Recall) and for his not-very-secret love for Rosemary Bailey, the breathtaking daughter of Bill Bailey, a local farmer with a curious affection for his cows. Rosemary has returned briefly to her home with a college degree before she leaves again to pursue a career in the big city. The single-street village has only two pubs - the ramshackle delights of Benny's Bar, spiritual home of its charmingly eccentric clientele and the sterile modernity of Le Bistro, owned by former professional footballer and preening narcissist, George Gus. But Benny's Bar may soon be lost forever. A bet made to settle a feud between the original ... Written by Anonymous

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It's a game of two pubs!

Genres:

Comedy | Romance | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 August 1999 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

A Aposta See more »

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$175,141
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The bar scene took five takes. See more »

Goofs

When Wullie is about to take the penalty shot, the sky goes from sunny to completely overcast between scenes. See more »

Connections

References A Fistful of Dollars (1964) See more »

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Let's Stick Together
Written by Wilbert Harrison
Performed by Bryan Ferry
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Not a bad flick...
4 October 2006 | by us_rugby_fan-1See all my reviews

I enjoyed this movie thoroughly. The only reason I gave it an 8 is because of the "love" interests they try and through it. If they would have just kept the movie about football between the two pubs, then it would have made a 10 easy. Funny and entertaining, just can't get better than that. In all honesty, the football scene is way too short for the build up. I will admit, the ending is predictable. It starts off OK, builds, plateaus, then ends predictably. I recommend this to anyone who loves football. However it does not portray small town Scottish life very well. Rent it or buy it, you'll love it. I give it 3 thumbs up.


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