Cass (2008)

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  • IMDb page: Cass (2008)
  • Rate: 6.4/10 total 2,215 votes 
  • Genre: Biography | Crime | Drama
  • Release Date: 1 August 2008 (Ireland)
  • Runtime: 108 min
  • Filming Location: East London, London, England, UK
  • Budget: £1,000,000(estimated)
  • Director: Jon S. Baird
  • Stars: Nonso Anozie, Gavin Brocker and Leo Gregory
  • Original Music By: Matteo Scumaci   
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital
  • Plot Keyword: Jamaican | Violence | Bullying | Funeral | Biracial

Writing Credits By:

    (in alphabetical order)

  • Jon S. Baird  screenplay
  • Cass Pennant  book
  • Mike Ridley  book

Known Trivia

  • The extras in the fight scenes are people who were nearly exclusively those who are involved or were involved in the London underworld apart from certain stunt-men. after setting up the Leeds fight scene for most of the day the extras had had one too many beers got a little carried away and one of the stars got his head cut open with a punch. at that Cass and some others had to step in as to this day they work security at night clubs and are used to confrontations.
  • The film received a full blown (cast and crew) premier at Cineworld on Broad Street in Birmingham, UK. In order to accomplish this the cinema had to order a print of the film as they were not going to originally show it. Cineworld, Broad Street is itself the premier cinema outside of London in the UK. Other cinemas adjacent to Cineworld, Broad Street took note of this and ordered copies themselves, this had a dramatic effect on promoting the film. Accordingly the cinema run of Cass broke any and all expectations, pushing it to the very top of 18 rated movies that year in the British made film ratings.

Goofs: Errors in geography: When the two ladies are talking outside a house with Cass in the pram, the subtitle shows 'Slade Green, London 1958'. Slade Green is now in the London Borough of Bexley, but in 1958 would have been part of Kent as the current Greater London was not formed until 1965. Also, the house types don't exist and have never existed in the Slade Green area, neither does the blue railway footbridge. Slade Green would have in 1958 consisted of a couple of farms, a railway depot, some railway worker houses and some newer council houses.

Plot: An orphaned Jamaican baby is adopted by an elderly white couple and brought up in an all white area of London and becomes one of the most feared and respected men in Britain. Based on a true story. Full summary »  »

Story: An orphaned Jamaican baby, adopted by an elderly white couple and brought up in an all white area of London, became one of the most feared and respected men in Britain. CASS grew up in a time before political correctness and was forced to endure racist bullying on a daily basis, until one day when the years of pent up anger came out in a violent burst. CASS found through violence the respect he never had and became addicted to the buzz of fighting. His way of life finally caught up with him when an attempted assassination on his life, saw him shot three times at point blank range. His inner strength somehow managed to keep him alive but he was left with a dilemma; whether to seek vengeance as the street had taught him, or renounce his violent past.Written by Anonymous  


Synopsis: Dramatisation of the events surrounding the life of Cass Pennant; one of the best-known figures of the infamous West Ham hooligan outfit, the I.C.F. (Inter City Firm). Cass Pennant (Nonson Anozie, ATONEMENT) was placed in a Dr. Barnados orphange as a baby in 1950s London. A black child adopted by an elderly white couple, Cass was forced to endure constant racist bullying growing up. His pent-up rage exploded one day when he attended a West Ham game and becomes involved with Hammers hooligans as they take on a rival firm. Cass becomes hooked on the rush of the violence, as well as the acceptance and camaraderie. He quickly rises through the ranks of the West Ham hooligan element, later becoming head of the notorious Inter City Firm. As a six-foot-five black man in a predominantly white social group, he is picked out by the police during the government’s clampdown on football hooliganism. After brushes with the law, Cass attempts to change the direction of his life by running a security firm. But old enemies are never far away.CASS is a compelling film about the intriguing life of its subject and charts issues of class, race and masculinity across a number of decades, showcasing the seismic changes in British life. Nonson Anozie ably carries the film and is well supported by Nathalie Press (MY SUMMER OF LOVE) as his wife and Nick Love favourite Tammer Hassan (THE FOOTBALL FACTORY), among others.

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Produced By:

  • Jon S. Baird known as executive producer
  • Will Clarke known as executive producer
  • Stefan Haller known as producer
  • Adam Kulick known as executive producer
  • Alison Marlow known as associate producer
  • Cass Pennant known as co-producer
  • Berry van Zwieten known as co-producer
  • Berry van Zwieten known as line producer
  • Pierre Weisbein known as executive producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Nonso Anozie known as Cass
  • Gavin Brocker known as Prentice
  • Leo Gregory known as Freeman
  • Natalie Press known as Elaine
  • Paul Kaye known as C. P.
  • Bronson Webb known as The Assassin
  • Peter Wight known as Cecil
  • Tamer Hassan known as Ray
  • Carl Fairweather known as Martin
  • Linda Bassett known as Doll
  • Lorraine Stanley known as Linda
  • Azaria Omaboe known as baby George
  • Verelle Roberts known as Young Cass
  • Rory Jennings known as Young Freeman
  • Joe Siffleet known as Young West Ham Kid
  • David Lea known as Bingo (as Dave Lea)
  • Jayson Wheatley known as Young Prentice – 14 Years Old
  • Daniel Kaluuya known as Young Cass – age 14
  • Jamie Kenna known as Stevie Hogan
  • Johnny Palmiero known as Shaun the skinhead (as Johnny Palmeiro)
  • Robbie Gee known as Marlon
  • Mario Demetriou known as Greek Waiter
  • Lucy Russell known as TV Presenter
  • Jack Johnson known as Young Freeman
  • Gary Lawrence known as Delroy Jackson
  • Helen Anderson known as Detective
  • Ralph Ineson known as Sergeant Mullins
  • Gemma Dyllen known as Tracey (as Gemma Baker)
  • Geoffrey Beevers known as Vicar
  • Liam Smith known as Gaffer
  • Dan Renton Skinner known as Northern comic (as Renton Skinner)
  • Callum Ruane known as Young Prentice
  • Winston Ellis known as Zulu
  • Jack Bence known as Teenage Bully
  • Nick Bartlett known as Pub regular
  • Brandon Robinson known as Billy the Bully
  • Cass Pennant known as Bigs
  • Frank Bruno known as Frank
  • Sid Young known as Teenage Bully 2
  • Eddie Webber known as Prison guard Ron
  • Bill Gardner known as Harry the prisoner
  • Lee Turnbull known as Male Diner
  • Tiggy Allen known as Florist
  • Lucy Aylen known as Female diner
  • Bill Kelly known as Big T
  • Mick Robbins known as Prison guard
  • Sarah Finnegan known as Woman passer-by
  • Eilidh Bruce known as Child passer-by
  • Emmy Bruce known as Child passer-by
  • Jock known as Jock the Bulldog
  • Danny known as Taxi driver (as Danny QPR)
  • Joe Eagen known as Joe the Barman
  • Marcus Pennant known as Bullied prisoner
  • Georgina Pennant known as Office worker
  • Harry Davis known as Assassin's gang
  • Charlie French known as Assassin's gang
  • Mark French known as Assassin's gang
  • Kane Manera known as Greek chef
  • Che Conroy known as Mourner (uncredited)
  • Ricky Diamond known as Funeral Mourner (uncredited)
  • Yvette Rowland known as Psychiatrist (uncredited)

..{tab=Supporting Department}Makeup Department:

  • Lucy Doonan known as makeup artist
  • Hannah Edwards known as makeup artist
  • Cate Hall known as makeup designer
  • Pippa Woods known as makeup artist

Art Department:

  • Jo Berglund known as art department assistant
  • Stuart Headley-Read known as stand-by props (as Stuart Read)
  • Michael Povey known as property master
  • Mike Rawlings known as props
  • Amy Simons known as stand-by art director


Production Companies:

  • Cass Films
  • Logie Pictures

Other Companies:

  • Fuji Photo Film  motion picture film supplied by
  • Goldcrest Post Production London  ADR Facility
  • Goldcrest Post Production New York  post-production
  • Panavision UK  camera equipment provided by


  • Independent Film Channel (IFC) (2009) (USA) (all media)
  • Eagle Entertainment (2009) (Australia) (DVD)
  • Future Film (2011) (Finland) (DVD)
  • New KSM (2010) (Germany) (DVD)
  • Optimum Releasing (2008) (UK) (all media)
  • Teleview International (2008) (Lebanon) (all media) (Middle East)

..{tab=Other Stuff}Release Date:

  • UK 28 July 2008 (London) (premiere)
  • Ireland 1 August 2008
  • UK 1 August 2008
  • Germany 5 February 2009 (European Film Market)
  • Finland 6 April 2011 (DVD premiere)


Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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