This Friday sees the release of Nick Love's reimagining of The Firm, the 1988 TV movie about violent football organisations starring an electric Gary Oldman.
Whether the film is a good idea or not remains to be seen (we really enjoyed it), but what we can do is take a look at the competition in the form of the best and worst football movies, and put a bit of context on the situation for you.
As far as football films go, we've included both sports films, documentaries and hooligan films, as for what we consider the best and the worst, well read on and find out...
Danny Dyer Football Movies
The Football Factory (2004)
Why It Rocks: As far as Mr. Dyer goes, it doesn’t get more meat and potatoes than this 2004 Nick Love collaboration, one which cemented his large London persona firmly in the conscious of the great cinema-going public.
Love him or hate him, it’s hard to deny a smile during the opening voice-over, when his so-Cockney-it-hurts character Tommy Johnson utters the line; “…and occasionally kicking fuck out of someone.” Lavin’ it-ah!
Mean Machine (2001)
Why It Sucks: Don’t get us wrong, there is plenty to enjoy about this Vinnie Jones vehicle, itself a remake of Robert Aldrich’s Burt Reynolds vehicle The Longest Yard, it’s just that Dyer doesn’t really put in a classic ‘Double D’ performance.
Cast as Billy The Limpet, DD is all limbs, he’s got the co-ordination of ballet dancing buffalo – where’s the swagger my son? Where’s the masticated vowels and double Dutch rhyming slang? He’s just not the same man…