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Twenty Four Seven (1997)

DIRECTOR Shane Meadows
STARS Bob Hoskins, Frank Harper, Bruce Jones

Shane Meadows seemed to arrive fully-formed as a director with this, his first feature following a couple of acclaimed shorts, immediately setting up themes that would run throughout his career to date. Rescuing Bob Hoskins from Hollywood, it's set in a small, bleak post-Thatcher Midlands town, where Hoskins' Darcy, a sort of gruff Mr Chips figure, sets up a boxing club as a healthy focus for the local unemployed and disaffected youths. Gritty and moving, its black-and-white photography immediately makes it seem part of the British tradition that includes The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner and This Sporting Life. Keep an eye out for a young James Corden with a daft haircut.

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Should Twentyfour Seven be higher or lower on the list?
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The Stats
THE SPORT
Boxing
THE PLAYERS
Darcy's lads
DOCUMENTARY?
No, it just looks a bit like one because it's black and white.
DEFINING MOMENT
Hoskins wistfully places his hand on a handprint on a shop counter, left by the girl he 'admires'...
KEY TACTICS
As soon as you get through the ropes, you must master control.
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Your Comments

1 Underdog film
Dodgeball certainly remains one of the classic underdog films, not just for its inspirational value, but its usual comedy, too. And perhaps some of the others could make this list too: http://www.ranker.com/list/best-movies-about-underdogs/ ranker-film Read More

Posted on Wednesday June 18, 2014, 18:51 by Imperion

2 See Also
Karate Kid, The Waterboy, The foot fist way, Hot rod, Caddy Shack, The mighty ducks, coach carter, blades of glory, mean machine, leatherheads, the ringer, nacho libre, kicking and screaming, baseketball, remember the titans, brians song, don king: only in america, cinderella man, million dollar baby, somebody up there likes me, the boxer, knuckle, bend it like beckham, fever pitch, zidane Read More

Posted on Saturday September 15, 2012, 18:42 by bnicholson50

3 RE: What the Hell!?
l largely an excuse for Chaplin to show off his legendary slapstick skills and rubbery physical abilities while poking fun at sports clichés and underdog stories, but it's still more entertaining than most of the films it skewers. ow exactly does Chaplin, in 1915, skewer films that are very very far from being made and poking fun at sports clichés that do not yet exist? Read More

Posted on Wednesday July 25, 2012, 00:42 by Evil_Bob

4 RE: Rocky - third place
BASEketball should totally be in here. Okay it's not a real sport, but it is a sport movie. And it's funny as shit wise a pretty damn solid list. (Rocky 2-4 should be included as well, but maybe that's being a bit greedy...) Read More

Posted on Tuesday July 24, 2012, 13:55 by Whistler

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