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Yesterday's Hero (1979)

Not Rated | | Drama, Music | 22 November 1979 (UK)
A has-been, alcoholic former soccer star determines to make a comeback. He gets help from his former girlfriend, now a rock star, and her partner.

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Neil Leifer

Writer:

Jackie Collins
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Suzanne Somers ... 'Cloudy' / Cloudy
Ian McShane ... Rod Turner
Adam Faith ... Jake
Paul Nicholas ... Clint
Sam Kydd ... Sam Turner
Trevor Thomas Trevor Thomas ... Speed
Glynis Barber ... Susan
Sandy Ratcliff ... Rita (as Sandy Ratcliffe)
Alan Lake Alan Lake ... Georgie Moore
Paul J. Medford Paul J. Medford ... Marek (as Paul Medford)
Matthew Long Matthew Long ... Mac Gill
Paul Desbois Paul Desbois ... Butch
Eric Deacon Eric Deacon ... Chris
John Motson ... TV Interviewer & Commentator
Mark Wood Mark Wood ... Small Boy
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A has-been, alcoholic former soccer star determines to make a comeback. He gets help from his former girlfriend, now a rock star, and her partner.

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From the pen of Jackie Collins, the story of a fallen super-star and his struggle back to the top.

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Drama | Music

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK | Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 November 1979 (UK) See more »

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Mono

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Color
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Trivia

Ian McShane's father Harry McShane was a Scottish footballer, whose career included a spell at Manchester United. See more »

Soundtracks

Duke Of Earl
(uncredited)
Written by Gene Chandler, Earl Edwards and Bernice Williams
Performed by The Darts
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Watch it for McShane, and get ready for the disco
1 October 2016 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

YESTERDAY'S HERO is an odd little film about a washed-up drunken footballer trying to get his life back on track. I watched it for two reasons: one is that I've been getting into these 'kitchen sink' type dramas recently and I was expecting more of the same, and two, I'm a massive fan of Ian McShane and I was looking forward to seeing him in a different role from the usual gangster tough guys and the like. I think it's fair to comment that McShane makes this movie. He completely convinces as the former star and gets the viewer on side despite not playing an entirely sympathetic hero. He's thoroughly believable and the consummate professional as always. Sadly, the rest of the film can't match his talent. The film was written by Jackie Collins and has a high level of cheese and schmaltz in it that I wasn't expecting.

Worst of all are the random disco dancing sequences which are shoe-horned into the plot at random intervals and which seem to go on and on endlessly. These feature American starlet Suzanne Somers and Adam Faith teaming up to perform a number of cheesy duets with some of the annoyingly catchy tunes playing repeatedly throughout. Now, I'm a fan of '70s music so I liked the tunes here, but they're completely out of place compared to the rest of the film which goes for a gritty atmosphere and they slow things down considerably. It's almost as if they were added in as an afterthought following the success of Saturday NIGHT FEVER and they do a disservice to McShane's central plot line.


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