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

The Irish players in the Rio airport are all (except one) actually native Brazilians. The Scottish team is made up of few Scots on holiday (who the film makers some how managed to find) and rest are local extras and filming crew. See more »

Goofs

When Mike Bassett and Norwich City are celebrating their victory in the Mr Clutch Cup on the open top bus, the filming was done in St Albans, not Norwich. See more »

Quotes

Gary Wackett: [Leading the England squad to face the Polish] Let's fucking kill them!
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Followed by Mike Bassett: Interim Manager 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 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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