Firm it up

The Firm. No, not the Tom Cruise movie from 1993 about a sinister law firm. This is a British TV film from 1988 (recently remade by Nick Love) about soccer hooligans. It stars Gary Oldman as the leader of a gang of soccer fanatics who get their jollies battling rival crews. This ugly side of the fandome, where team rivalry becomes an excuse for violence and thuggery, is an unfortunate reality in big soccer nations. This is a brutal, unsentimental film.

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