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A Shot at Glory (2000)

R  |   |  Drama, Sport  |  12 July 2002 (Italy)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Andy Gray ...
Commentator 1
Finlay MacDonald ...
Eric the Bagpiper
Sheila Latimer ...
Widow Wilson
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Gordon McLeod
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Peter Cameron
Ally McCoist ...
Jackie McQuillan
Ida Schuster ...
Wee Brenda
Alex Howden ...
Horace
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Desmond
John McVeigh ...
Ian McVeigh
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Alan Barnes
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Kelsey O'Brian
John Martin ...
Brian Burns
Paul Agnew ...
Kilnockie Football Team
Ian Constable ...
Kilnockie Football Team
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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 Chris Neuman

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A small town. A small team. A big dream. See more »

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Rated R for language and brief sexuality | See all certifications »

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Road to Glory  »

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$9,000,000 (estimated)
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While making the film, Robert Duvall became very good friends with legendary ex-Celtic player Jimmy Johnstone. As a result, Duvall named his dog "Jinky" which was Johnstone's famous nickname due to his abilities on the field. See more »

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Commentator 1: [opening narration] Scotland didn't invent football, but we'll take a back seat to no one in our passion for the game. With 40 professional teams in a country of 5 million, football is as much a part of the national fabric as single malt and bad weather. Some say it's a religion. If so, there are two denominations in this church: Celtic and Rangers. One Catholic, one Protestant. Us and them, the forces of evil and darkness, known collectively as The Old Firm. There may be no rivalry in all of ...
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Not as bad as some make out, not as good either...
9 July 2006 | by (Southampton, United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Well it looks as though, like Marmite, you either love or hate this movie. I saw it in an empty cinema in Edinburgh with a friend of mine who doesn't like football (soccer) but is a huge film buff. It's a shame the theatre was so quiet, as there were some good moments that deserved a higher attendance. Ally McCoist in particular belies his lack of acting experience and shows of his lovable rouge persona that British TV viewers will be familiar with from A Question of Sport.

Robert Duvall for me looked like he was having fun, but his accent is really hit and miss, going from Groundskeeper Willie to Sean Connery via Brigadoon. To be fair to Duvall, the area of Scotland the film is set is known for it's accent, which is different from the main cities of Edinburgh and Glasgow (Scotland has many local dialects and accents so it's difficult to have a true representation of the accent).

Sadly Michael Keaton doesn't add anything to the movie other than a name. While it may have helped secure funding, Keaton doesn't do much apart from play the pantomime baddie, and as such his part in the proceedings is minimal. Unless you are a massive Keaton fan it's not worth watching his performance.

In general though, it's a fun way to spend 90 minutes, certainly more entertaining than watching a real game of Scottish Premier League action. If you are Scottish, you'll have fun spotting the players, ex-players and commentators; if you're a fan of underdog-beats-the-odds movies, you'll get a kick from seeing how the small team gets stronger as the cup goes on and if you just like movies there is enough to keep you watching without reaching for the remote.


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