The manager of England's national football unexpectedly succumbs to a heart attack, and suddenly the search is on for a replacement. Most people who seem qualified for the position have the...
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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 »
The manager of England's national football unexpectedly succumbs to a heart attack, and suddenly the search is on for a replacement. Most people who seem qualified for the position have the good sense to turn it down, and so the responsibility falls to Mike Bassett, a scruffy and loud-mouthed lout whose claim to football fame is leading a previously undistinguished team to a league championship. Bassett insists that England will win the World Cup under his leadership, but that's before he replaces his star player with a once-gifted footballer who has since developed a drinking problem, and hired a one-time car salesman as his assistant. After stunning losses to Poland and Belgium, Bassett goes from a favorite of both fans and the press to one of the most hated men in England; hoping to whip his team into shape, he subjects them to the high-tech training methods of eccentric Dr. Shoegaarten, which injures more players than it helps. Despite Bassett's ineptitude, England manages to ... Written by
There were only a maximum of 300 extras used at Wembley Stadium. The Moving Picture Company were responsible for all the visual effects, which included crowd replacement/replication at Wembly and the Maracana. See more »
Two (fourth-tier) Third Division players named Benson & Hedges are picked by Bassett by accident because he writes the team down on the back of a packet of cigarettes. One is aged 46 and both are portrayed as comically old, unfit and so on. While fourth-tier players would not be up to the standard required for international football, their unsuitability is grossly exaggerated. See more »
A great piece of work, the men responsible for the movie chose the right attitude by using the angle of comedy, cause that's the only way to make a sports movie, a sports event can never be moved to the screen succesfully (except maybe Chariots of Fire) in a realistic way since the whole idea of it is that you don't have clue who's going to win until it's all over.
Although I'm not from the UK I did get most of the jokes since I follow footie a lot and am a big fan of the game.
a big thumbs up for the crew and actors, "Mike Bassett" is simply brilliant.
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