MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 6,565 this week

Maradona by Kusturica (2008)

6.7
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.7/10 from 3,937 users  
Reviews: 13 user | 29 critic

A documentary on Argentinean soccer star Diego Maradona, regarded by many as the world's greatest modern player.

Director:

0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

list image
a list of 48 titles
created 15 Aug 2012
 
a list of 49 titles
created 31 Jan 2013
 
a list of 40 titles
created 19 Sep 2013
 
a list of 48 titles
created 25 Oct 2013
 
a list of 27 titles
created 4 months ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Maradona by Kusturica (2008)

Maradona by Kusturica (2008) on IMDb 6.7/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Maradona by Kusturica.
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

In this luminous tale set in the area around Sarajevo and in Italy, Perhan, an engaging young Romany (gypsy) with telekinetic powers, is seduced by the quick-cash world of petty crime, which threatens to destroy him and those he loves.

Director: Emir Kusturica
Stars: Davor Dujmovic, Bora Todorovic, Ljubica Adzovic
Arizona Dream (1992)
Comedy | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

An Innuit hunter races his sled home with a fresh-caught halibut. This fish pervades the entire film, in real and imaginary form. Meanwhile, Axel tags fish in New York as a naturalist's ... See full summary »

Director: Emir Kusturica
Stars: Johnny Depp, Jerry Lewis, Faye Dunaway
Comedy | Crime | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

Matko is a small time hustler, living by the river Danube with his 17 year old son Zare. After a failed business deal he owes money to the much more successful gangster Dadan. Dadan has a ... See full summary »

Director: Emir Kusturica
Stars: Bajram Severdzan, Srdjan Todorovic, Branka Katic
Drama

A story that stretches across war, blossoming love and living as a recluse.

Director: Emir Kusturica
Stars: Monica Bellucci, Emir Kusturica, Sergej Trifunovic
Underground (1995)
Comedy | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

The story follows an underground weapons manufacturer in Belgrade during WWII and evolves into fairly surreal situations. A black marketeer who smuggles the weapons to partisans doesn't ... See full summary »

Director: Emir Kusturica
Stars: Predrag Manojlovic, Lazar Ristovski, Mirjana Jokovic
Biography | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

The life of the former football player Diego Armando Maradona is recreated in this film, from his childhood up to his first heart attack and his firm decision of recovering himself, passing... See full summary »

Director: Marco Risi
Stars: Marco Leonardi, Juan Leyrado, Julieta Díaz
Magic Bus (1997)
Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
Director: Emir Kusturica
Stars: Bülent Kullukcu, Tim Seyfi, Viola von der Burg
Zivot je cudo (TV Mini-Series 2006)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Stars: Slavko Stimac, Natasa Tapuskovic, Vesna Trivalic
Buffet Titanic (TV Movie 1979)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Director: Emir Kusturica
Stars: Boro Stjepanovic, Bogdan Diklic, Nada Djurevska
Guernica (1978)
Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

The initiation of a young Jewish child into Guernica's world.

Director: Emir Kusturica
Stars: Karel Augusta, Peter Krsak, Borík Procházka
The Brides Are Coming (TV Movie 1978)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Director: Emir Kusturica
Stars: Milka Podrug-Kokotovic, Miodrag Krstovic, Bogdan Diklic
Bila jednom jedna zemlja (TV Series 1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Stars: Predrag Manojlovic, Mirjana Jokovic, Slavko Stimac
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
...
...
Himself
Manu Chao ...
Himself
...
Himself
...
Himself
Diego Armando Maradona ...
Himself
Evo Morales ...
Himself
Claudia Villafañe ...
Herself
Edit

Storyline

A documentary on Argentinean soccer star Diego Maradona, regarded by many as the world's greatest modern player.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Genres:

Documentary | Sport

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Release Date:

28 May 2008 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Maradona  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Features Do You Remember Dolly Bell? (1981) See more »

Soundtracks

La Vida Tómbola
Written by Manu Chao
Performed by Manu Chao
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
So disappointed
22 July 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I hated this in every way. I'll be honest, I hadn't heard of Kusturica before seeing it but I've since learned he's regarded as a genius in filmmaking.

Even though Maradona is a cheating, egotistical little fool, there's no escaping the fact that he's a colourful individual and was one hell of a footballer.

However, I learned very little more than I already knew about him. Everything was done so obviously on Maradona's terms. It was nothing more than an arty Maradona love-in. He hates the USA, he hates Britain, he loves Castro, he loved cocaine, he played a good game of football. That much we did learn. However, I and anyone else who follows football, already knew that. But, let's not forget, he cheated time and time again. Whilst he comes across as remorseful for the effect him doing drugs had on his family, he clearly sees himself as a victim for the effect it had on his career. The man was a professional sportsman, an idol and role model for millions around the world, yet he's bitter and feels hard-done-by about the fact that he was one of those to get caught out.

Any cheating on the pitch, namely the infamous 'Hand of God' against England, was portrayed as no more than a schoolboy prank he got away with. How did Maradona get away with it? According to Maradona it was because of God (further proof of Maradona's deluded mind)! Then, frequently during the film, Kusturica depicts the second goal in the same game (reputedly the best goal ever scored) as some sort of political comment on the Falklands War, with a cartoon Maradona slaying Prince Charles, the Queen and Margaret Thatcher to name a few. Sorry, but whilst the goal was a stroke of genius, it was no political comment; it's just convenient to suggest it was.

A footballer surely doesn't justify such an arty piece of filmmaking. If a filmmaker's intention is to profile a footballer, then surely a chronological study from the start to present day is what's needed, not philosophical ramblings over what made him what he is/was. If these ramblings taught us anything, then fine, but they didn't. He wasn't a revolutionary (although he clearly believes he is), he wasn't the great ruler of a nation (I'm sure he believes he's this too). He was a footballer and a cheat. A brilliant footballer, yes, and arguably the best to have ever lived and his life off the pitch is thought to be equally as (if not more so) fascinating as his life on it. That's why I'm so frustrated to have learnt so little from this. I wanted to hear him discuss in greater detail his humble beginnings, his rise through the ranks in footballing terms, his experiences with drugs, more details around his time at Barcelona and Napoli etc. The lack of facts and the general sycophantic tone that shrouded the whole film left me none the wiser and even less enamoured by Maradona than I was to begin with.

It's amazing (and again very odd) to see just how revered he is in Argentina but I wished the film would have stopped dwelling on the fact and get on with some steadfast facts on the man himself. I don't wish to see some weird looking Argentine couple supposedly getting married at the church of Maradona, nor do I want to see Maradona singing a song (presumably about himself) for what seemed like an eternity. This was just further evidence of his God complex. I found both these scenes to be really peculiar.

Aside from it being mind-numbingly dull, I found the whole thing a bit sinister really. Kusturica especially so. His voice-over was horrible, his bedraggled appearance horrible and then you get him fawning all over the supposed great man.

Maradona's autobiography, El Diego, whilst interesting at times, was like reading a true Rock 'N' Roller's autobiography without any mention of the sex, drugs and excesses that go with it. Whilst a different approach was taken here, it was by no means a more interesting one.

Total garbage.


7 of 54 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Why oh why....? tecpatl_ome
Music by Manu Chao pakaloaloha
Opening date? LoveRavel
So disappointed The_Man_The_Myth
English Subtitles petya_venikov
Discuss Maradona by Kusturica (2008) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page