The Fix (1997 film)

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The Fix
Directed by Paul Greengrass
Produced by Nigel Taylor
Kenneth Trodd
Written by Paul Greengrass
Starring Steve Coogan
Jason Isaacs
Maggie O'Neill
Michael Elphic
Music by Dominic Muldowney
Cinematography Ivan Strasburg
Editing by Mark Day
Production company BBC Films
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Release date
  • October 4, 1997 (1997-10-04) (UK)
Running time 90 minutes

The Fix is a 1997 television film first shown on BBC One and directed by Paul Greengrass.

It tells the story of the British betting scandal of 1964, following which a number of British professional footballers were jailed and banned from football for life for conspiring to fix the results of matches. Prominent among those jailed and banned were the Sheffield Wednesday F.C. stars Peter Swan, Tony Kay and David Layne.

The part of Mike Gabbert – the Sunday People journalist who led the investigation into the scandal – was played by Steve Coogan. Jason Isaacs played the part of Tony Kay, through whose eyes the story is largely told, while the part of Jimmy Gauld – the ex-footballer who masterminded the betting ring – was played by Christopher Fulford.

The story centres on Gabbert building his exclusive during the latter stages of the 1962/63 season. A time when Kay is rising to be considered one of the best players in the game, having joined Everton with whom he wins the League title.

Although the film is based on fact, some details and characters were fictionalised.

Neither David Layne or Peter Swan were consulted in the making of this film.


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