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A Shot at Glory (2000)

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Gordon McLeod is the manager of a second tier Scottish football team. Faced with pressure from his American owner, he is forced to bring on a marquee player to improve the fortunes of the ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Andy Gray Andy Gray ... Commentator 1
Finlay MacDonald Finlay MacDonald ... Eric the Bagpiper
Sheila Latimer Sheila Latimer ... Widow Wilson
Robert Duvall ... Gordon McLeod
Michael Keaton ... Peter Cameron
Ally McCoist Ally McCoist ... Jackie McQuillan
Ida Schuster Ida Schuster ... Wee Brenda
Alex Howden Alex Howden ... Horace
Bill Murdoch ... Desmond
John McVeigh John McVeigh ... Ian McVeigh
Scott Anderson Scott Anderson ... Alan Barnes
Cole Hauser ... Kelsey O'Brian
John Martin John Martin ... Brian Burns
Paul Agnew Paul Agnew ... Kilnockie Football Team
Ian Constable Ian Constable ... Kilnockie Football Team


Gordon McLeod is the manager of a second tier Scottish football team. Faced with pressure from his American owner, he is forced to bring on a marquee player to improve the fortunes of the team and prevents its being moved from the fiercely loyal town it's been for a century. Along the way, McLeod must battle his own demons, including long-standing tiffs with both his daughter and a former colleague who betrayed him. Written by Chris Neuman

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A small town. A small team. A big dream. See more »


Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and brief sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

12 July 2002 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Road to Glory See more »

Filming Locations:

Crail, Fife, Scotland, UK See more »


Box Office


$9,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital


Black and White | Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Ally McCoist is depicted as an ex-Celtic player in the film, but in reality, he played for their fierce rivals, the Rangers. See more »


Brian Burns: [who has just let the ball go through his legs for a goal] Boss, I'm sorry. I should have shut my f-f-f-fucking legs.
Gordon McCloud: No, son, no. Your mother should have shut hers.
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26 July 2004 | by LuboLarssonSee all my reviews

If I was an American living in America with maybe a passing interest in Football or Soccer as they tend to call it, then this movie might pass as pretty good entertainment, but being Scottish and loving football since I could walk and talk I found this film to be absolute rubbish. Robert Duvall is a fantastic actor but he is hindered here by his awful attempt at a Scottish accent, couldn't he have just played it in his normal voice. Maybe they could have come out with some sort of explanation why an American would end up managing a Scottish team that would have been been easier to swallow than his Hey Jimmy! Och aye the Noo dialect. Also as a Celtic supporter you would expect me to be ready to crucify Ally McCoist's acting since he used to play for Rangers, but actually he is by far and away the best thing in the film! He's actually pretty good! Sadly the footage they used of his days with Celtic ( he's wearing his Rangers strip coloured green! ) is awful. Actually nearly everything in this film is awful, it was a very, very bad idea from the beginning. Also why is a great actor like Michael Keaton doing in this, he is wasted in a small role, was he just doing a favour for Duvall? I must say though the actual football matches were pretty well done, much better than the likes of Escape to Victory or any other football movie. ***3/10***

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