Number One Review

A snooker hustler (Geldof) is lured into playing a big tournament on the promise of making the big time, but the reality is never so straightforward.

by Patrick Peters |
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Release Date:

01 Mar 1985

Running Time:

NaN minutes



Original Title:

Number One

Bob Geldof may be many things, but he isn’t much of an actor. Yet his charisma carries him through much of Les Blair’s typically caustic tale of a snooker hustler who is lured into playing in a major championship, only to discover that the system is rotten from the top down.

Alison Steadman and Mel Smith are more comfortable as, respectively, Saint Bob’s tart-with-a-heart girlfriend and the shyster promoter who sells him the big time. But, as with too many sports movies, the green-baize action leaves so much to be desired that it undercuts the authenticity that is Blair’s trademark.

Remembering this was made one year before The Color Of Money helps, but it never manages a clean break.
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