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Alan Clarke Storbritannien, 1989

Richmond Hill's rating of the film The Firm

Although filmed with Clarke’s customary dispassion this particular exercise occasionally tips over into stereotype and sour hyperbole with some gratuitous details - at least in the Director’s Cut - which alienate rather than illuminate. Perhaps this was the aim but unlike Scum there’s no righteous sense of injustice and little insight into the mechanics of organised hooliganism, just the un-nuanced outputs.