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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 »

Director:

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 ... Self
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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Storyline

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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The ever changing face of football has a got new mug... See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Sport

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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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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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,022,865
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The Irish players in the Rio airport are all (except one) actually native Brazilians. The Scottish team is made up of few Scots on holiday (who the film makers some how managed to find) and rest are local extras and filming crew. 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

Mike: Alright, Smallsy? Eh, you've got the best part of the dressing room, there - that's Charlton's lucky peg, that is.
Smallsy: Hey, hear that lads? I've got Bobby Charlton's lucky peg!
Mike: No - Jackie's.
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Connections

Followed by Mike Bassett: Interim Manager (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

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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A Funny comedy that rings true!
23 June 2002 | by CharltonBoySee all my reviews

Mike Bassett:England Manager is a mock documentary about a new England Manager and the trials and tribulations he goes through during qualification and subsiquant world cup in Brazil. There are loads and loads of funny moments in this film and i promise you even if you are not a football fan you will like this a lot. Basically we see Ricky Tomlinson brilliantly playing the new England snatched from the first division as manager of Norwich City into the spotlight.We see all the things that really happen to England managers but exagerated ten fold with very funny consiquences such as the moment he wrote his first England team down on a fag packet and gave it to his P.A to type out for the press , 10 minutes later there were two new players added to the squad.......Benson & Hedges!!. One uncanny thing that does come out of the film is the results in the world cup, England beat Argentina 1-0 and go out of the tournement to Brazil ., exactly what happens a year after the film is made in the real world cup in Japan! 8 out of 10.


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