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The Rack Pack (2016)

TV-G | | Comedy, Drama, Sport | 17 January 2016 (UK)
The story of the 1980s snooker rivalry between the flamboyant Alex Higgins and the methodical Steve Davis.


Brian Welsh
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dennis Taylor ... Himself (archive footage)
Steve Davis ... Himself (archive footage)
Alex Higgins Alex Higgins ... Himself (archive footage)
Luke Treadaway ... Alex Higgins
Will Merrick ... Steve Davis
Kevin Bishop ... Barry Hearn
Nichola Burley ... Lynn Higgins
James Bailey James Bailey ... Jimmy White
Daniel Fearn ... Robbo
John Sessions ... Ted Lowe
Tom Fisher Tom Fisher ... Pete
Rob Crouch ... Oliver Reed
Russ Bain ... Cliff Thorburn
Marc McCardie Marc McCardie ... Tony Knowles
Caolan Byrne ... Dennis Taylor


The story tells of the rivalry between Alex 'Hurricane' Higgins - whose natural talent and showmanship transformed the image of the traditional game and captivated audiences across the country - and Steve 'The Nugget' Davis, who under the guidance of manager Barry Hearn dominated the sport throughout the 80s and ushered in a new era of professionalism. Written by BBC Media Centre

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Two megastars, one sport and a fight for victory.


Comedy | Drama | Sport



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Release Date:

17 January 2016 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Dallas with Balls See more »


Box Office


$100,000 (estimated)
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The exterior of Barry Hearns club is actually the outside of the Terry Griffiths Matchroom in Llanelli, South Wales. See more »


Supposed to play in 1976 they play "Hit me with your rhythm stick" by Ian Dury and The Blockheads which was released late 1978. See more »


Alex Higgins: Before me, it was just old farts taking it in turns to miss.
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Referenced in BetVictor Welsh Open: 2016: Day Six - Part 2 (2016) See more »

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The best thing I've seen in years
25 January 2016 | by gareth_peggSee all my reviews

From Treadaway's accent and mannerisms, to the clever interposition of excerpts of TV commentary from those early 1980s matches.. this film is (like the Steve Davis era it portrays) universally professional.

The characters are spot on, the emotional story played with respect, but without deference and above all (in capturing the effectiveness of this piece) the snooker sequences are brilliant! If you go onto Youtube and watch Higgins' 1982 Semi-Final "break of the tournament", then straight after you watch Treadaway jerking and swaying to the same beat you will see what I mean. How on this planet they recreated that blue to the top corner??? - The best thing I've seen for at least a year!

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