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Ratings & Reviews

  1. Warren Spratley's rating of the film The Firm

    Clarke's formal proclivities work fascinatingly well against a more traditional narrative structure--the arc builds towards an established climax & epilogue. Such structure in no way weakens Clarke's investment in stylistic abstraction, but proves rather that the stubborn stylist--as easy 2 detect as Ozu--can work in different narrative modes. Identification is still a complex issue, as is the use of tracking camera.

  2. MickyT's rating of the film The Firm

    Powerful performance by Oldman

  3. wiwitaek's rating of the film The Firm

    "it's all about belonging"

  4. Samuel T.'s rating of the film The Firm

    The most privileged and by far the most pathetic characters of study, of any Clarke film thus investigated, yet unflinching in it's veracity, the last scene the pot calling the kettle black, cementing British hopelessness and material emptiness. Steadicam walking, following, again A+. Bonus: Leigh regular Lesley Manville as rightfully pissed off wife.

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  7. wraithinlimbo's rating of the film The Firm

    Mesmerising. Gritty, rough around the edges, the film is led by Gary Oldman's performance and conducted by Alan Clarke's exceptional direction. The walking theme, screenplay, cinematography and long takes all shine within the backdrop of a grey and bleak 1980s London for many. In some ways this is a kitchen sink Clockwork Orange. Regardless, this is British realism at it's finest.

  8. Andrew Lang's rating of the film The Firm

    Alan Clarke was one of the greatest and there's nothing more to say

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  11. Aflwydd's rating of the film The Firm

    A director who doesn't condemn his characters but asks why these people act the way they do; why they have to look to violence and intimidation to satisfy their lives; how the institutions we are bound to drive us to these extremes. No British director has ever told the harsh truth with as much humanity and compassion as Clarke and his influence is imprinted in every 'social realism' film directed in Britain today.

  12. Trevor D. Jun Kwong's rating of the film The Firm

    The moment you watch an Alan Clarke film--especially Elephant--you know he is 100% confident of what he's doing. And as the film progresses, you become even more convinced that he's mapped out the entire film in exactly the way he wants. There is such a logical structure to his filmmaking, that seems so simple but brilliant at the same time.

  13. Paolo Simeone's rating of the film The Firm

    We come in peace, we leave you in pieces. <3

  14. Snuffed's rating of the film The Firm

    The Firm is a completely uncompromising and ruthless look into the world of modern day Football Hooliganism as we know it, specifically from the standpoint of The Inner City Firm. The violence portrayed is often brutal but never glorified; The Firm has, and should be the main point of reference for other films in the niche genre of Football Hooliganism. ‘’It’s all about belonging’’.

  15. Roslyn's rating of the film The Firm

    Viciously spot on and Gary Oldman does deranged like no one else!

  16. Stephen Campbell's rating of the film The Firm

    Forget all those mediocre football Hooligan films ,Alan Clarke gives us the definitive study of the Hooligan at large

  17. Don't Get Nasty Brother's rating of the film The Firm

    Sólo dura una hora con siete minutos (es una película para televisión) y es una vaina explosiva. Gary Oldman por supuesto es el puto amo. Y Alan Clarke es el papá de los helados. A este pana le gustaba tocarle las pelotas a la censura en Inglaterra, cada vez que el mister terminaba una película los pingüinos de la censura se hacían pupú.

  18. The Africa Film Project's rating of the film The Firm

    Yay we have a still!! Thank you for putting one on Mubi:)