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A Shot at Glory (2000)

R | | Drama, Sport | 12 July 2002 (Italy)
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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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Denis O'Neill





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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Robert Duvall and Michael Keaton appeared in The Paper (1994). See more »


Kate McQuillan: Jackie didn't get into a fight last night because he was drunk, or arrogant, or just being Jackie. He got into a fight because he was defending me, and you, and anyone else who loves this game, and believes that it should heal rifts, not cement them.
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One of the better football movies
25 December 2003 | by swdanSee all my reviews

It's difficult to make a movie about football (soccer) that will satisfy one's appetite for interesting match scenes as well as a desire for a worthwhile plot. 'A Shot at Glory' certainly does not pull this off, but it is an attempt worth watching in any case.

The plot is rather mediocre, but at least it is somewhat linked to the fortunes of the team itself. Nosy American owner (Keaton) buys team, threatens to move it to Ireland if aging coach (Duvall) can't win the Scottish Cup. The second strand of the plot involves the former Golden Boot winner (McCoist) brought in by the owner, who is the somewhat estranged son-in-law of the coach. The third element, of course, is the performance of the team itself. There is certainly some awful dialog in the film, but it quickly passes from memory once the matches begin.

In comparison to 'Bend It Like Beckham' and 'Mean Machine,' the two football-related films 'A Shot at Glory' can easily be weighed against, the film at hand establishes itself as the clear choice in terms of the realism of the matches. The experience of watching each match is rather like watching a cinematic version of Championship Manager -- there is very little continuity between moves, but it somehow seems to make sense.

At the end of the day, 'A Shot at Glory' is well worth watching if you are looking for a well-executed football movie. The plot may be formulaic, but the match scenes put many others to shame.

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