The Fix (1997 film)
|Directed by||Paul Greengrass|
|Produced by||Nigel Taylor
|Written by||Paul Greengrass|
|Music by||Dominic Muldowney|
|Editing by||Mark Day|
|Production company||BBC Films|
|Running time||90 minutes|
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.
- Steve Coogan as Mike Gabbert
- Jason Isaacs as Tony Kay
- Maggie O'Neill as Marina Kay
- Christopher Fulford as Jimmy Gauld
- Ricky Tomlinson as Gordon
- Colin Welland as Harry Catterick
- Michael Elphick as Peter Campling
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