The Firm

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A European (Gary Oldman) organizes his gang of rabid soccer fans for a fight with a rival gang before a 1988 match.

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Gary Oldman
Clive "Bex" Bissel
William Vanderpuye
Aitch
Jay Simpson
Dominic
Patrick Murray
Nunk
Terry Sue-Patt
Yusef
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Critic Reviews for The Firm

All Critics (4) | Fresh (4)

  • The Firm remains the finest exploration and examination of football hooliganism, yet still manages to be far more than simply the sum of its parts.

    April 11, 2018 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…
  • Gary Oldman's give one of his finest performances as Bex, who projects outward respectability under which lurks a creature of fragile masculinity and senseless rage.

    June 1, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • 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 | Rating: 70/100
  • Clarke's specialties are anger and violence, and he captures them with a brutal precision that belies the inherent messiness of the action.

    August 5, 2005 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Firm

  • Jun 19, 2010
    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 B Super Reviewer
  • Nov 06, 2009
    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.
    Marcus W Super Reviewer
  • Jun 18, 2008
    Great british film about football and the associated firms. Its dated horribly compared to the football factory, but Oldmans performance is still head and shoulders above everyone else.
    Nyk P Super Reviewer
  • May 29, 2008
    Extremely good view of the early eighties firms.
    Barry L Super Reviewer

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