Number One

  • 1984
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Drama

Geldof is a snooker (the British equivalent of pool) hustler who makes his living winning games in seedy London joints. Eventually promoter Smith persuades him to get himself out of these low-life halls (and out of trouble) and compete in a professional snooker match. The bets are heavily against him, and Geldof is pressured to throw the match. Reminiscent...read more

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Geldof is a snooker (the British equivalent of pool) hustler who makes his living winning games in seedy London joints. Eventually promoter Smith persuades him to get himself out of these low-life halls (and out of trouble) and compete in a professional snooker match. The bets are heavily

against him, and Geldof is pressured to throw the match. Reminiscent of the sort of dramas produced in Britain during the late 1950s and early 1960s, this film works chiefly due to its cast. The ensemble is a tight one, actors playing well off one another to create a good sense of realism. Geldof,

lead singer of the Boomtown Rats and contemporaneously known for his fund-raising efforts for Ethiopia with Band Aid, gives a nice performance as a hustler who ultimately refuses to sell out. The script, however, is a formula piece holding few surprises as it goes through its paces. The result is

a well-acted and well-meaning piece that never manages to hit its intended mark.

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  • Released: 1984
  • Rating: NR
  • Review: Geldof is a snooker (the British equivalent of pool) hustler who makes his living winning games in seedy London joints. Eventually promoter Smith persuades him to get himself out of these low-life halls (and out of trouble) and compete in a professional sn… (more)

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