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Mike Bassett: England Manager (2001)

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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... See full summary »

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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 Anonymous

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He Knows F.A. About Football. See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£835,219 (UK) (28 September 2001)

Gross:

£3,443,174 (UK) (2 November 2001)
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Trivia

England did play Poland at Wembley and beat them 2-0 to qualify for the World Cup in Brazil in 2014. However, England in the film did better than the team in 2014 who went out in the group stage. See more »

Goofs

After England lose to Brazil in the semi-finals, they return home. However, they would have played another game as a 3rd place play-off. See more »

Quotes

Mike: Alright, Smallsy? Eh, you've got the best part of the dressing room, there - that's Charlton's lucky peg, that is.
Smallsy: Hey, hear that lads? I've got Bobby Charlton's lucky peg!
Mike: No - Jackie's.
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Features Ground Force (1998) See more »

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It's On My Head, Son, Not Off My Head, Son
Written by Keith Allen
Sung by Lily Allen (uncredited), Jenny Frost and Liz McClarnon (as Atomic Kitten)
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A Funny comedy that rings true!
23 June 2002 | by (Bedfordshire,England) – See all my reviews

Mike Bassett:England Manager is a mock documentary about a new England Manager and the trials and tribulations he goes through during qualification and subsiquant world cup in Brazil. There are loads and loads of funny moments in this film and i promise you even if you are not a football fan you will like this a lot. Basically we see Ricky Tomlinson brilliantly playing the new England snatched from the first division as manager of Norwich City into the spotlight.We see all the things that really happen to England managers but exagerated ten fold with very funny consiquences such as the moment he wrote his first England team down on a fag packet and gave it to his P.A to type out for the press , 10 minutes later there were two new players added to the squad.......Benson & Hedges!!. One uncanny thing that does come out of the film is the results in the world cup, England beat Argentina 1-0 and go out of the tournement to Brazil ., exactly what happens a year after the film is made in the real world cup in Japan! 8 out of 10.


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