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Gordon McLeod is the manager of a second tier Scottish football team. Faced with pressure from his American owner, he is forced to bring on a marquee player to improve the fortunes of the team and prevents its being moved from the fiercely loyal town it's been for a century. Along the way, McLeod must battle his own demons, including long-standing tiffs with both his daughter and a former colleague who betrayed him. Written by
A Wonderful Experience Even for Non-Football Fans!
To date, Michael Corrente has directed only six films. By far the best, in my opinion, is his A Shot at Glory (2000), which he also produced. (He also took a hand in re-writing the screenplay when some changes had to be made in mid-production). Corrente handled all the action and crowd scenes most effectively, although he did tend to over-use close-ups (often uninventively framed dead center) in the domestic set-ups. Despite these occasional descents into dull domesticity and the fact that I am most definitely not a football fan, A Shot at Glory came pretty close to heading my list of the most absorbing and exciting films of the year. The surprise performance, of course, was that by the lead, Robert Duvall, whose Scottish accent was so perfect that at times it was almost impenetrable. I was also impressed by Kirsty Mitchell (I had no trouble deciphering her accent) and Ally McCoist (this is only movie to date, although he did play a reporter in The Championship, a 2004 TV series). I see the movie was made on a $9,000,000 budget. Well, it was all up there on the screen. The Scottish locations were both scenic and dramatic a credit to photographer Alex Thomson.
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