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The Penalty King (2006)

 -  Comedy  -  7 November 2006 (UK)
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Lee, a soccer player who descends into depression when he goes blind, is encouraged to take up the game again by a maverick American and the inspiration of Leeds Utd legend, Billy Bremner.

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Lee Vaughan
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Sandra Reeves
Peter Lorimer ...
Leeds United Fan
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Charlie Howard
Jane Peachey ...
Gina Blackwell
Dave Mounfield ...
Derek the Manager
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Jim the Psycho Postman
Daniel Rabin ...
Jason Thompsett
Samantha Beckinsale ...
Maddie Vaughan
Frank Jarvis ...
Mr. McClintock
Des McAleer ...
Denis Cleghorn
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Shelley De Moussin
Tara Keatley ...
Daniella Funnell
Georgina Tasker ...
Sasha
David Earl ...
Tony Queen
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Lee, a soccer player who descends into depression when he goes blind, is encouraged to take up the game again by a maverick American and the inspiration of Leeds Utd legend, Billy Bremner.

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Gina Blackwell: How come my conscience is telling me to do one thing but my body is telling me to do another?
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To the dark side and beyond...
15 January 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

OK, so a blind guy who wants to play football.... not the most obvious set up in the world... and funnily enough this isn't the most predictable of films. However, The Penalty King strangely enough takes this scenario and gives you something genuinely relatable. A ramshackle social services department is the site of the 'action' which, with the help of a spot on script- will have you squirming on your sofa,wringing your hands and wincing in perverse delight as you witness the all too familiar scene of arbitrary office politics laid out in front of you. Chris Cook finds comedy, not only in the places where other people wouldn't look, but in the places where other people wouldn't want to look. A refreshing film that takes an honest view at the other side of life and comes up with some surprises... some very surprising surprises at times... Get the DVD. watch it. then revel in the delight of your own -relatively- comfortable existence...


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