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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 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 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

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

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Brilliant for a couple of minutes
27 July 2017 | by Reggie_TappolskiSee all my reviews

The opening credits of this movie feature some of the most evocative scenes of what is was like to be part of grass roots football in the 1970's. Grimy rooftops give way to a chugging freight train whose journey passes by a football ground where a game is taking place in an absolute quagmire. The ball should be white but is plastered in mud as are all the players. This is the way it used to be. Those from the locality will recognise the ground of Maidenhead United. Unfortunately that is the high point of the movie as thereafter it becomes a cheesy & predictable story of of a drunken ex-pro footballer who gets the opportunity to make good one last time. Actually, Ian McShane is very good in the role although his gait in the football action sequences is not that of a gifted footballer. Sam Kydd plays his father. Were there any British movies of that era Sam Kydd wasn't in?


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