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  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: BFI DVD
  • DVD Release Date: 26 Oct. 2009
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002KHMKH2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 78,464 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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PLAYING AWAY
A film by Horace Ové

When a West Indian cricket team from Brixton are invited to play a charity game in a small English village, members of both teams have their reservations. A weekend in the country away from the inner city produces unexpected results both on and off the field of play. Playing away subtly explores and undermines white and black stereotypes and succeeds in linking two familiar but strange cultures through the simple device of a cricket match.

From pioneering British filmmaker Horace Ové (Pressure, 1975) comes this comedy of manners with an outstanding array of British talent on display, including Ross Kemp (EastEnders) and Neil Morrissey (Men Behaving Badly) at the start of their careers, and a poignant performance by the brilliant Norman Beaton (Desmonds).

Special Features

  • Horace Ové in conversation with Mike Phillips
  • Illustrated booklet containing essays and credits
  • Fully compressed PCM audio throughout

UK | 1986 | colour | English language, with optional hard-of-hearing subtitles | 98 minutes + 27 minutes extra material | DVD-9 | Original aspect ratio 1.33:1 | Region 2 DVD

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By Ginger Webb on 16 Mar. 2015
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Clearly a film of its time, so has to be seen in a 1980s context, but aside from that it's all rather clunky. Even allowing for comic effect the characters are very crudely drawn (village tearaways in cap sleeve T-shirts and permanent snarls, and there's even a crusty upper class colonel-type with a monocle). The racial interplay could have been delivered with much more subtlety, although credit is due for the way in which the vulnerabilities of people on both sides of the divide are portrayed. There are lots of characters getting hopelessly drunk but then appearing to make a more or less full recovery in a short space of time, and some of the main protagonists have vicious rows which they manage to put behind them in the blink of an eyelid - very unconvincing. The passage of time is also rather confusing, particularly once the Brixton team arrives in the village. And there's one central moment involving three village youths and a visiting female that seems strangely out of dramatic and comedic kilter with the rest of the film. Maybe that's intentional, but it didn't really work and left me wondering what point it was trying to make.
While the film is gently amusing in places, it's hardly a rib-tickler, so I would have preferred a bit more pathos and a few less 'laughs'. Perhaps that would have delivered a better treatment of what is essentially quite an interesting idea. On the plus side, Norman Beaton is good in the main role and a certain wistfulness falls across the whole production as many of the characters try, but fail, to find an accommodation with each other.
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We saw this movie many years ago enjoyed it immensley, was very poignant then and having watched it again recently still extremely enjoyable and just as poignant.
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By Patrick Murphy on 9 Oct. 2014
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Akintunde International on 31 Aug. 2010
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a outstanding movie from the director of pressure with norman beaton and other actor and actress who would go on and do great things. worth having if your a norman beaton fan
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