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There's Only One Jimmy Grimble (2000)

 -  Comedy | Drama | Sport  -  25 August 2000 (UK)
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Jimmy Grimble is a shy Manchester school boy. At school he is constantly being bullied by the other kids, and at home he has to face his mother's new boyfriend who he doesn't like. However,... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lewis McKenzie ...
Jimmy Grimble
Jane Lapotaire ...
Alice Brewer
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Donna
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Johnny Two Dogs
Wayne Galtrey ...
Walkway Kid
Ciaran Griffiths ...
Psycho
Bobby Power ...
'Gorgeous' Gordon Burley
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Eric Wirral
Samia Ghadie ...
Sara
Antony Marsh ...
Crane (as Anthony Marsh)
Sean Delaney ...
Brick
Charles Denton ...
The Cat
Azmier Ahmed ...
Elvis
John McArdle ...
Headmaster
Ann Aris ...
Governor 1
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Jimmy Grimble is a shy Manchester school boy. At school he is constantly being bullied by the other kids, and at home he has to face his mother's new boyfriend who he doesn't like. However, through football, and some special boots, he manages to gain the confidence to succeed and leads his school football team towards the final of the local schools cup. Written by filmreview.co.uk

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and no substitute for life

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£101,282 (UK) (25 August 2000)

Gross:

£101,282 (UK) (25 August 2000)
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'Gorgeous' Gordon Burley: [spits on Jimmy] you little shite, you try anything with that notice again and you
[pause]
'Gorgeous' Gordon Burley: are...
Psycho: Look out. Wirral
'Gorgeous' Gordon Burley: You'll be Dead!
Psycho: [shoves Jimmy] Later Grimble!
Eric Wirral: [shouts in the distance] Alright six-a-side!
Jimmy Grimble: [Jimmy's thought] Six-a-side? I'm on the bloody team. You don't have to be Einstein to work that one out. Well, sub at least. And that's worth getting a faceful of gob any day.
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Written by Robbie van Leeuwen (as Robert Van Leeuwen)
Performed by Bananarama
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Excellent - more than just a sports film
6 May 2001 | by (Sheffield, England) – See all my reviews

The film is, by and large, absorbing. It is not simply a film about football although it is similar in some ways to the comic strip "Billy's Boots" that was in a now defunct football comic called the Scorcher.

It does however, go beyond this. It becomes clear that the boots themselves have no inherent power but simply act as a mental focus for the title character. Jimmys life in general is pretty grim and his football dreams provide something of a release. The film in this way provides an element of social commentary.

The only slight fault is one that occurs in most films about football (soccer)and that is the depiction of the game itself. How does one choreograph a football game? Passes, shots and even fouls seem artificial. Sometimes, as for example in "When Saturday Comes", actual game footage is spliced in, albeit not very well at others it is simply staged. This film appears to leave it all to choreography. I have yet to see a soccer film with a satisfactory depiction of the actual match action.

This is however, a relatively small matter in the context of the film. All in all it is an absorbing film and something of a modern day fairytale.


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