Cass

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You’d be hard pressed to justify forming tight-knit squads of men in a local pub, tooling them up with axe-handles, Stanley knifes and baseball bats, then rushing out on to the streets to beat the living daylights out of other such gangs. Yet ex-firm ringleader-cum-true crime author Cass Pennant argues differently in this meat-and-potatoes cinematic retelling of his life as the skull-trampling football hooligan who headed up West Ham’s infamous Inter City Firm, painting tribal violence as blissful relief from the hardship, unemployment and embedded racism of Thatcher’s Britain.

Newcomer Nonso Anozie delivers a charismatic, finely tempered turn in the title role, switching from hot to cold on the turn of a dime and eking some humanity from a man who – on the surface – is an anti-social brute. Though the narrative is saggy and you feel there’s nowhere left to go after the first hour, a much-needed dash of class from Jon S Baird’s direction helps lift ‘Cass’ above its oft-reactionary genre brethren.

Release details

Rated: 18
Release date: Friday August 1 2008
Duration: 108 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Jon S Baird
Screenwriter: Jon S Baird
Cast: Nonso Anozie
Nathalie Press
Leo Gregory
Gavin Brocker
Paul Kaye

Average User Rating

4.6 / 5

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stephen

Great film, the film reflects the 80's and 90's. This films show the hooligan culture, showing a man journey from negative to positive . This film would be a hit in america.

stephen

Great film, the film reflects the 80's and 90's. This films show the hooligan culture, showing a man journey from negative to positive . This film would be a hit in america.

Vic Singh

Great film, and some sound performances. Some genuine East End accents, and the brawl in the cell between "Patwa" man and Cass is a classic. You can feel the tension brewing. A real gem overlooked. Personally, I would have like to seen the entire story on film with maybe a two part mini series. Maybe there is still time.

Vic Singh

Great film, and some sound performances. Some genuine East End accents, and the brawl in the cell between "Patwa" man and Cass is a classic. You can feel the tension brewing. A real gem overlooked. Personally, I would have like to seen the entire story on film with maybe a two part mini series. Maybe there is still time.

Johnny

I think the review from Time Out is spot on. The boy who plays Cass is excellant, the action is realistic, and the writting/direction is thoughtfull and at times, funny. It did seem a bit slow at points but soon picks up. Well worth a viewing.

Bill Bagnall

This beats the hell oot of the previouse Hooli films, more "old skool" and deals with his growing up as a black kid in a white world, has a terrific sound track.

Bill Bagnall

This beats the hell oot of the previouse Hooli films, more "old skool" and deals with his growing up as a black kid in a white world, has a terrific sound track.