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
Alice Brewer
Johnny Two Dogs
Wayne Galtrey ...
Walkway Kid
Ciaran Griffiths ...
Bobby Power ...
'Gorgeous' Gordon Burley
Eric Wirral
Samia Ghadie ...
Antony Marsh ...
Crane (as Anthony Marsh)
Sean Delaney ...
Charles Denton ...
The Cat
Azmier Ahmed ...
John McArdle ...
Ann Aris ...
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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

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and no substitute for life


Comedy | Drama | Sport


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Release Date:

25 August 2000 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Jimmy Grimble  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£101,282 (UK) (25 August 2000)


£101,282 (UK) (25 August 2000)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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In the film, Jimmy supports the club Manchester City. See more »


'Gorgeous' Gordon Burley: [spits on Jimmy] you little shite, you try anything with that notice again and you
'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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26 August 2002 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

I've now seen this film 5 or 6 times on satellite TV, and bought it on DVD. The first time I saw it I wasn't really watching and so wasn't convinced, but thought it was good. The second time, I watched it seriously ... and thought it absolutely brilliant.

For myself, an Englishman who always wanted to be a footballer but without the necessary talent (or any talent), this is a story of dreams come true. Of a home-life that is far from perfect, but with a mother who loves you. And a teacher who used to be a striker at the highest level. How much better can it get?

There's great acting from Robert Carlyle, Ray Winstone, Gina McKee and Samia Ghandie; and a brilliant soundtrack reinforcing the emotionally key moments of the film. The side-plots are subtly handled and the ending has made me cry more than once.

Wonderful ..... especially if you have always wanted to be a great footballer but never made it, or have been unlucky in love. Recommended.

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