Ever been tempted to invest in a racehorse? That's one of the questions at the heart of the very British comedy Outside Bet
. Set during the 1980s, it follows the members of a print workers club, who, when they're made redundant, decide to club together their funds. Their investment is something of an all-or-nothing one, as they pretty much gamble everything on their pipe dream.
Outside Bet is based on a true story, originally captured in the book The Mumper, and some wise decisions were made on its journey to the screen. Chief amongst them was the casting of Bob Hoskins, Jenny Agutter and Phil Davis, who lead a strong British company of actors. They inject enough earth and charm to keep the film moving along. There are interesting undercurrents to the movie, too, not least considering the backdrop to the project, and it's the kind of movie that Britain continues to do particularly well.
It might not have made that much of an impact in cinemas, and the DVD itself may not have anything of particular note to shout about. But the core film itself is a little gem, and well worth taking the time to discover. Warmly recommended.--Jon Foster
United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2.4 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), English ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (2.35:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Deleted Scenes, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: For Mark and his mates in eighties South London, life doesn't promise much more than a day job at the printers and nights out at the local boozer. But when they're given a chance to buy a young racehorse, Mark sees an opportunity to change everyone's lives forever. After some gentle persuasion, the six lads and their beautiful friend Katie pool their savings and take a gamble on this potential winner. Can 'The Mumper' really go the distance and win Mark the girl of his dreams? Join Bob Hoskins, Calum Macnab, Jenny Agutter, Emily Atack and a great British supporting cast for a feelgood adventure that beats the odds. Because sometimes getting what you want, means making an Outside Bet. ...Outside Bet ( Out side Bet )