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The Penalty King (2006)

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
Patrick Micallef ...
Charlie Howard
Jane Peachey ...
Gina Blackwell
Dave Mounfield ...
Derek the Manager
Duncan Henderson ...
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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If Andrey Tarkovsky ever made a pub football movie . . . See more »

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7 November 2006 (UK)  »

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$400,000 (estimated)
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Charlie Howard: Your disability is our opportunity
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Remake of Bury It (2002) See more »

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Not just a football film ...............
18 July 2006 | by (Steyning, West Sussex) – See all my reviews

This film describes a recently blinded park-footballer's unlikely return to the field of dreams as one of the lads. The Penalty King contrasts the frustrations of everyday work with the potential glory of a Saturday afternoon on the park pitch. It is a tale of life-long obsession that will not be thwarted by blindness.

Superb locations, acting, and music, are brought together to produce a film that takes you into places most do not see. The message of the film still applies to all. The film includes classic footage of Leeds United that will be a pleasure for anyone with even a passing interest in the beautiful game. But this is more than a football film. I do not remember smiling more watching a film.

A captivating story with a number of sub-plots brought to a conclusion that will make you want to put on your shin pads and lace up your boots. And Claire Grogan too. Enjoy.


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