The Firm (1988)

The Firm

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The Firm, acclaimed British television director Alan Clarke's last feature film, deals with the football hooliganism that was such a serious problem in England during the 1980s. Gary Oldman stars as Bex, a real estate agent whose true passion is being the "top boy" of the Inter-City Crew, or ICC, from West Ham (based on the real-life Inter-City Firm). As the film opens, Bex is engaged in a football match while his car is being vandalized by rivals from Birmingham, led by Yeti (Mike Leigh regular … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Television
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All Critics (3)

A jarring exploration of the male psyche and the devastating consequences of pride and uncontained machismo in a society where men's lives have lost meaning.

March 28, 2006

Clarke's specialties are anger and violence, and he captures them with a brutal precision that belies the inherent messiness of the action.

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Audience Reviews for The Firm

I'm rating "The Firm" as high as three stars mostly because of Gary Oldman's fiery performance, but the sports-goon mentality depicted in this film is so alien and repulsive to me that I really had a hard time keeping a scowl off my face while watching. I also must plead guilty to having difficulty understanding some of the dialogue, between the heavy accents and the regional slang.

The directing of the final scene puzzled me -- it almost played like a segment from the evening news, where the characters were swaggering in front of some unseen interview correspondent. A strange shift in tone. Almost like breaking the fourth wall.

Eric Broome
Eric Broome

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½

There are a lot of football-violence films, but they're all Spurs, Villa, et al. This film is the Manchester United treble-winning team of '99 - unstoppable. This is mainly all thanks to Oldman going bugnuts and off the wall in one of his best performances as a man who leads two lives, which can only end in tears and bloodshed. It shows both sides of their actions and nicely distances itself from the actual game, proving that these 'firms' are actually nothing to do with football. This film is the King, the Top Dog and the Guv'nor.

Lemure
Marcus Woolcott

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Extremely good view of the early eighties firms.

DrLappos
Barry Lappin

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