Outside Bet

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Outside Bet
Directed by Sacha Bennett
Produced by Carolyn Bennett
Tony Humphreys
Terry Stone
Written by Mark Baxter and Paolo Hewitt (novel The Mumper);
Nigel Smith
Sacha Bennett
Starring Bob Hoskins
Jenny Agutter
Philip Davis
Adam Deacon
Cinematography Nic Lawson
Edited by Kate Evans
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date
  • 27 April 2012 (2012-04-27)
Running time
94 mins.
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Budget $7,500,000[1]

Outside Bet, also known as Weighed In: The Story of the Mumper, is a British comedy film directed by Sacha Bennett and starring Bob Hoskins, Jenny Agutter, Philip Davis and Adam Deacon. The film was released on 27 April 2012.[1]


It is 1985. Thatcher is in power, Sade is on the radio, and the print workers have gone on strike. But nothing, not even a scale eight earthquake can put a dampener on a group of close friends that meet every Sunday in their regular South London pub for a pint and free flowing banter of the highest order. Set against the backdrop of a changing way of life-as Rupert Murdoch moves the printing of his newspapers from Fleet Street to Wapping-this is a tale of seven firm friends, who embark on a unique journey that eventually leads them to gamble all of their savings and redundancy money on a single race.



The film was not well received by critics. The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes records 9 reviews with an average rating of 3.4/10.[2] Other reviews have been more positive - Mark Kermode declared it his Film of the Week, saying he was "charmed" by the film, and also made it one of his 6 "Gems" of the year.[3]

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