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The Match (also titled The Beautiful Game) is a 1999 British romantic comedy film written and directed by Mick Davis.

The Match
Directed byMick Davis
Produced byGuymon Casady
Allan Scott
Written byMick Davis
StarringMax Beesley
Isla Blair
Laura Fraser
Richard E. Grant
Music byHarry Gregson-Williams
CinematographyWitold Stok
Edited byKate Williams
Distributed byUniversal Studios
Release date
  • 13 August 1999 (1999-08-13) (UK)
Running time
95 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

Plot summaryEdit

In the Scottish village of Inverdoune, teams representing the village's two pubs—Benny's Bar and Le Bistro—have played an annual football game for 99 consecutive years. Under the terms of the original bet, the loser of the 100th match must forfeit their bar to the winner. Facing its 100th consecutive loss, Benny's Bar looks set to be bulldozed and replaced with a car park by the odious owner of Le Bistro, "Gorgeous" George Gus (Richard E. Grant). Local boy Wullie Smith (Max Beesley) returns from university, where he stays at the home of Sheila Bailey, re-igniting his dormant feelings for her daughter Rosemary (Laura Fraser). Wullie possesses TFR (Total Football Recall)—an encyclopedic recollection of football tactics and statistics—and would be an ideal manager for the Benny's Bar team, but he is traumatised by the death of his brother during their childhood and refuses. Also unwilling to help the team is a resident former professional football player (Neil Morrissey), known as "Piss-Off" due to his response whenever he is asked to play.[1]



The Match was filmed in the Scottish village of Straiton in South Ayrshire.[2]

One of the film's production companies was Irish DreamTime, owned by actor Pierce Brosnan who appears in a cameo role in the film as John MacGhee. Footballer Alan Shearer also makes a cameo appearance.[2]


  1. ^ "Shooting to thrill". Herald Scotland. 8 July 1999. Retrieved 1 July 2014.
  2. ^ a b Elley, Derek (9 August 1999). "Review: 'The Match'". Variety. Retrieved 1 July 2014.

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