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There's Only One Jimmy Grimble (2000)

Jimmy Grimble is a shy Manchester school boy. At school he is constantly being bullied by the other kids, and at home he has to face his mother's new boyfriend who he doesn't like. However,... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lewis McKenzie Lewis McKenzie ... Jimmy Grimble
Jane Lapotaire ... Alice Brewer
Gina McKee ... Donna
Ben Miller ... Johnny Two Dogs
Wayne Galtrey Wayne Galtrey ... Walkway Kid
Ciaran Griffiths Ciaran Griffiths ... Psycho
Bobby Power Bobby Power ... 'Gorgeous' Gordon Burley
Robert Carlyle ... Eric Wirral
Samia Longchambon ... Sara (as Samia Ghadie)
Antony Marsh Antony Marsh ... Crane (as Anthony Marsh)
Sean Delaney Sean Delaney ... Brick
Charles Denton Charles Denton ... The Cat
Azmier Ahmed Azmier Ahmed ... Elvis
John McArdle ... Headmaster
Ann Aris Ann Aris ... Governor 1


Jimmy Grimble is a shy Manchester school boy. At school he is constantly being bullied by the other kids, and at home he has to face his mother's new boyfriend who he doesn't like. However, through football, and some special boots, he manages to gain the confidence to succeed and leads his school football team towards the final of the local schools cup. Written by filmreview.co.uk

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Release Date:

25 August 2000 (UK) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£101,282 (United Kingdom), 27 August 2000, Limited Release
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Jimmy Grimble used fake ears to film the movie. See more »


'Gorgeous' Gordon Burley: [spits on Jimmy] you little shite, you try anything with that notice again and you
'Gorgeous' Gordon Burley: are...
Psycho: Look out. Wirral
'Gorgeous' Gordon Burley: You'll be Dead!
Psycho: [shoves Jimmy] Later Grimble!
Eric Wirral: [shouts in the distance] Alright six-a-side!
Jimmy Grimble: [Jimmy's thought] Six-a-side? I'm on the bloody team. You don't have to be Einstein to work that one out. Well, sub at least. And that's worth getting a faceful of gob any day.
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References The Terminator (1984) See more »


Written by James Atken, Ian Dench, Zachary Foley, Mark Decloedt, Derran Brownson (as Deran Brownson)
Performed by EMF
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Average sports drama that shines in parts
3 January 2005 | by tresdodgeSee all my reviews

Young, bullied, unconfident, Manchester teenager Jimmy Grimble (Lewis Mckenzie)is all of these. However, when he is given a pair of old football boots his luck changes and he is transformed into a football boy wonder.

This is worth a watch, it has many of the familiar sports film clichés but is still a somewhat touching tale with a fine cast and fairly good cinematography. Typical sports films usually follow the same type of formula as far as I can see:

1.A team or person are lousy at the sport they play.

2.Along comes a factor in the equation to start to change this. For example an excellent or determined coach to change their fortunes.

3.The team still are'nt winning at first but they have more spirit and are improving. Eventually they win their first game or achieve something in the sport they have'nt before.

4. The coach has a love interest with a players Mum or teacher in Disney sports films. Or a player finds a love interest or struggles in his or her love life.

5. The team enter a competition and win their first game.

6.There are personal problems along the way with players, the coach etc.

7. Eventually the team gets to the final stage of the competition and after a terrible start to the game they look like losing. However, there is a determined fight back and they end up winning, shock horror, who could have predicted that!!

OK, so perhaps this is not the formula for all sports films but some or all of the factors are involved in most. Jimmy Grimble is no exception but I still enjoyed it more than others. The lead performs his part well and the coach is played well by Robert Carlyle who is in a rather subdued role for a change. Overall, this is watchable, even if you don't like football you should get some enjoyment out of it.

Average effort but entertaining enough

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