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Mike Bassett: England Manager (2001)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Sport | 28 September 2001 (UK)
The manager of England's national football unexpectedly succumbs to a heart attack, and suddenly the search is on for a replacement. Most people who seem qualified for the position have the... See full summary »

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Steve Barron

Writers:

Rob Sprackling, Johnny Smith (as John R. Smith)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ricky Tomlinson ... Mike Bassett
Amanda Redman ... Karine Bassett
Bradley Walsh ... Dave Dodds
Philip Jackson ... Lonnie Urquart
Phill Jupitus ... Tommo Thompson
Dean Lennox Kelly ... Kevin Tonkinson
Martin Bashir Martin Bashir ... Interviewer
Robbie Gee ... Smallsy
Pelé ... Himself
Kevin Piper Kevin Piper ... Norwich newsreader
Robert Putt Robert Putt ... Jack Marshall
Malcolm Terris ... Phil Cope
Philip Dunbar Philip Dunbar ... Sussex rep
Ulrich Thomsen ... Dr. Hans Shoegaarten
Lloyd McGuire ... Midlands rep
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The manager of England's national football unexpectedly succumbs to a heart attack, and suddenly the search is on for a replacement. Most people who seem qualified for the position have the good sense to turn it down, and so the responsibility falls to Mike Bassett, a scruffy and loud-mouthed lout whose claim to football fame is leading a previously undistinguished team to a league championship. Bassett insists that England will win the World Cup under his leadership, but that's before he replaces his star player with a once-gifted footballer who has since developed a drinking problem, and hired a one-time car salesman as his assistant. After stunning losses to Poland and Belgium, Bassett goes from a favorite of both fans and the press to one of the most hated men in England; hoping to whip his team into shape, he subjects them to the high-tech training methods of eccentric Dr. Shoegaarten, which injures more players than it helps. Despite Bassett's ineptitude, England manages to ... Written by Anonymous

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Genres:

Comedy | Sport

Certificate:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English | Portuguese

Release Date:

28 September 2001 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

A menedzser See more »

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Opening Weekend:

£835,219 (United Kingdom), 30 September 2001, Limited Release
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In the film England beat Argentina 1-0 in the group stage of the World Cup finals. The England team did this for real a year later in the 2002 World Cup. See more »

Goofs

When Mike Bassett is getting on the train to go from Norwich to London, the filing is done at Peterborough station. See more »

Quotes

Interviewer: ...And what would your father say if he could see you now?
Mike: Oh, he'd probably quote Kipling or something, 'Walk with kings and all that' You see, he was like a father figure to me
Interviewer: Well, obviously...
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Features Dream Team (1997) See more »

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It's On My Head, Son, Not Off My Head, Son
Written by Keith Allen
Sung by Lily Allen (uncredited), Jenny Frost and Liz McClarnon (as Atomic Kitten)
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It's football Jim, but not as we know it

Unlike most football related films this one actually references real football rather than a dreamy game that the good guys always win in the end.

As with any sport related movie though it has limited appeal outside of someone that has an interest and understanding of the "Beautiful Game". In this case more so as really you need to be English and have suffered English international football to understand everything the film has to offer.

The jokes don't always 'hit the back of the net' but there is no need to 'send this one off' - (sorry for the puns).

On the whole an enjoyable diversion that sometimes does cut close to the bone (especially as the F.A. are falling apart us as I write this).


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