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Plot: The 1980s snooker rivalry between Alex “Hurricane” Higgins and Steve “The Nugget” Davis, two very different personalities who helped popularise the sport on TV.
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Just before the start of the 1982 snooker world championship, Alex Higgins gave an interview to a newspaper. He criticised Steve Davis as staid and downplayed his own chances for the tournament. Davis as defending champion was knocked out in the first round and Higgins went on to win the tournament.
Ten years earlier Higgins was the youngest world snooker champion, a bolt of lightning in a sport known to be slow and played by old men. My older brother used to rave about Higgins in the 1970s.
Then again if you watch this film the only person that raved about Higgins were people who never met him or got to know him. Higgins was a drinker, drug taker, womaniser and a bona fide hell raiser. I think this film just showed us the edited highlights and a toned down version at that. There was a disgusting true incident where he threatened to send the paramilitary terrorists to sort out Dennis Taylor that was wisely excised from this film.
Nerd Alert Warning: I saw Steve Davis when he made his snooker television début in Pot Black in 1978 where he played Fred Davis. I saw him do the first televised 147 break which was on ITV and hence not commentated by Ted Lowe as shown here. I even remember his chat show ‘A frame with Davis.’ Actually I am a fan of Steve Davis even though he is a Tory supporter.
This drama made Davis out to be a lot more nerdy than he was at the time but I think it was just to add contrast to the characters. Barry Hearn as portrayed here was a lot more jovial than the hard headed businessman he is and you have to be ruthless if you enter the world of boxing promotion which Hearn did in the mid 1980s. I did think the actor playing Higgins was just too much of the caricature of the Higgins we know from the press and television although I was amazed by the potting skills of the actors or it might had been clever use of CGI.
Of course there was a lot more shades of greys in real life back in the days when snooker took off in the 1980s. We just see Higgins and Jimmy White as the bad boys of snooker and the press were more interested in the rivalry between White and Davis who were the emerging new generation.
Yet during the era many snooker players lived life to the hilt with booze, drugs and women. Even Cliff Thorburn shown here as dull and with a dodgy Canadian accent was exposed as a cocaine user.
Still a celebration of a time when snooker was more than a load of old balls.
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Thinking back now,this probably my 4th or 5th review. I had sadly lost my copy of this what can only be described as a classic in my opinion,and only recently managed to source another. Watched again same night and there is (which I was not aware of just how much) so much animosity between the two main characters,which I will just add here Luke Treadway and Will Merrick,both fantastic in their roles here,firstly portraying Alex ‘Hurricane’ Higgins,he is just as I remember him from the late 70’s – early 80’s,arrogant,obnoxious but he was at that point the ‘peoples champion’,so much to his annoyance a new golden boy (aka Steve ‘Boring’ Davis) emerges and is quickly taken aboard by manager Barry Hearn (played excellently by Kevin Bishop),from the outset his mannerism is true to life,totally nerdy..especially one of his first scenes entering a snooker club (not giving away too much). It portrays the love/hate (mainly on Alex’s side,well hate really) and actually quite saddening brief scene where Davis goes back in to arena after seeing Higgins lose (and we see him once more on road to destruction still drinking alcohol long after lights have gone down) and he offers him some real good friend advice,but obviously with Higgins looking through a muddled haze of alcohol/whatever other drugs he could lay his hands on,he refuses and hurls insults at forlorn Davis. Another mention I must say played her part brilliantly was Alex’s wife (played by Nichola Burley) ..Hell that woman put up with some s**t before finally realizing Alex was NEVER going to change his ways of drink/drugs and womanizing (didn’t know he was such good friends with late Oliver Reed until I watched this movie),and she finally saw sense and left Alex. Alex’s best friend in most of this film,Jimmy White (awesome acting James Bailey) sees his rise in game but never quite managing to hit world champion (such a shame I feel),he is supposedly another bad boy of the game,but yet never really see him up to no good here or in real life even (that I recall),but Alex was deeply annoyed/saddened when Jimmy revealed to Alex he had gone and signed with Mr. Hearn and newly formed ‘Matchroom Mob’..after this point we see unfortunate Higgins spiral rapidly down,a quite emotional scene where he actually went to see Barry Hearn,begging for him to be signed up,but and rightly so Barry had more sense and refused..only further angering Higgins so he does what he does best and goes for more alcohol. I’m going to leave it at this point,because there are other points in film which I’m not giving away (simply because I want others to enjoy this film as much as I did). Yes,I’m an avid snooker player/fan and pool BUT,and I see this as important..this movie should/will appeal to most viewers not just those fans of the green baize !Honestly wouldn’t have thought it was a made for TV movie,but certainly doesn’t feel like it either. Be nice to hear what others think after watching this. Look forward to reading more reviews in the future. And at just under 90 minutes in total you not much to lose..I see there are a couple of ‘so-so reviews’,can’t understand why/where from
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 27 min (87 min)
Genre Comedy, Drama, Sport
Director Brian Welsh
Writer Mark Chappell, Alan Connor, Shaun Pye
Actors Dennis Taylor, Steve Davis, Alex Higgins
Country United States, United Kingdom
Awards 4 nominations
Production Company Zeppotron
Sound Mix N/A
Aspect Ratio 2.35 : 1
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