The Firm (1989) Gary Oldman

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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 phone numbers.

Starring:  Gary Oldman, Lesley Manville, Phil Davis

Viewer Quote:  "This was Oldman before he got into his period of being an American Ham - sharp, keenly observational and immensely likable even though the character he's playing is a complete scumbag. There's a lot of violence, and violence in a Clarke film isn't a rowdy punchup, it's Stanley knives in the face and iron bars in the groin.
One of the most remarkable things about this movie is that at no point do you actually see a football. These guys aren't football fans, they're in it for the fighting. They were the energies that Margaret Thatcher unleashed and then affected to deplore. Undoubtedly one of the finest British films of the 80's. this is simply a must see and finally when Clarke (the director) died less than two years later, England lost one of it's finest, more realistic filmmakers.

This DVD is encoded NTSC Region ALL (playable worldwide).

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