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Mike Bassett: England Manager (2001)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Sport | 28 September 2001 (UK)
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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Phill Jupitus ...
Tommo Thompson
Martin Bashir ...
Kevin Piper ...
Norwich newsreader
Robert Putt ...
Jack Marshall
Phil Cope
Philip Dunbar ...
Sussex rep
Midlands rep


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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28 September 2001 (UK)  »

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£835,219 (United Kingdom), 30 September 2001, Limited Release
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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 »


It is shown in a graphic that striker Rufus Smalls is the highest ever leading goal scorer with 52 goals, however in a later graphic he is shown to have scored 49 goals making him the 2nd highest goal scorer See more »


Dr. Hans Shoegaarten: [Picking the best players used for a simulation training program] Pele, Maradona and Mark Lawrenson.
Mike: Mark Lawrenson?
Dr. Hans Shoegaarten: We ran out of money.
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Spoofs A Question of Sport (1970) See more »


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A must see for any football fan
29 July 2003 | by See all my reviews

took the girlfriend to see this one and apart from the few sight gags she didnt really get any of the jokes. However if you are a fan of the beautiful game this will tickle you immensely. There are loads of football in-jokes such as the 'gazza', Stuart Pearce/Vinnie Jones and Ian Wright characters. Very much in the Peter Kay style of understated spoofs

3/10 if you're not into football 9/10 if you are

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