A boy's barmitzvah looks set to be a disaster when it coincides with the 1966 World Cup Final.

Director:

Paul Weiland

Writers:

Peter Straughan (screenplay), Bridget O'Connor (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Charlie Clark Charlie Clark ... Boy with Caliper
Nick Shirm Nick Shirm ... Michael Hempel
Thomas Drewson Thomas Drewson ... Terry Shivers
Gregg Sulkin ... Bernie Reubens
Matt Bardock Matt Bardock ... Mr. Grieg
Alex Black Alex Black ... Linton
Cameron Crighton Cameron Crighton ... Captain
Catherine Tate ... Aunt Lila
Peter Serafinowicz ... Uncle Jimmy / Mr Rubens Snr / Football Commentary
Helena Bonham Carter ... Esther Rubens
Eddie Marsan ... Manny Rubens
Francine Simmons Francine Simmons ... Lady at Door
Martin Savage Martin Savage ... Senior Doctor
Ony Uhiara Ony Uhiara ... Nurse
Charles Ferber Charles Ferber ... Student Doctor
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A boy's barmitzvah looks set to be a disaster when it coincides with the 1966 World Cup Final.

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the makers of FOUR WEDDINGS AND A FUNERAL would like to invite you to a bar mitzvah. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language, some sexual content and brief nudity | See all certifications »
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When the family is on holiday in Brighton you can clearly see the rides on Brighton Pier including 'Ranger' and 'Turbo Coaster', these rides were not introduced until the early-mid 1990's. See more »

Connections

References Gone with the Wind (1939) See more »

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Mony Mony
Written by Bobby Bloom (uncredited), Ritchie Cordell (uncredited), Bo Gentry (uncredited) and Tommy James (uncredited)
Performed by Tommy James and Tommy James & The Shondells
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Slow start, exciting finish. Thoughtful and nice 'slice of life' family portrait
4 November 2006 | by bopdogSee all my reviews

I like all kinds of movies, and this quiet, thoughtful, 'homemade' kind of Brit-flick was enjoyable. There's not much of a plot--- a kid's approaching bar mitzvahs happens to fall on the same day as the 1966 soccer World Cup Final match. That scheduling conflict means no one will attend his event, and he has been taught and primed to expect the bar mitzvahs to be the most significant and important day in his life. So he is freaking out a bit--- but the soccer game is an issue only if Englands winds enough qualification games to enter the finals, and no one expects them to. Done. That's the plot. Obviously, the Big Day arrives; I leave it to you to discover how England fares, and how the kid's family life unfolds.

An important sub-plot is the kid's family. the dad is a retiring and overly-shy shlub, contrasted with his dynamic and 'life of the party', go-getter brother, the kid's uncle. The kid's older brother is a vicious bully, and his mom (Helena Bonham Carter) is the only loving, reasonable voice of strength in the family. Oh--- the kid's blind rabbi and bar mitzvahs coach, and Stephen Rae as the kid's physician also play a guiding roles for the boy.

Anyway--- things kind of creep along for the first half. It became a bit tedious, and I contemplated leaving. However, the second half was much perkier than the first, and the ending was genuinely exciting and thrilling. So, overall, while the pace was bit uneven, the end result was a pretty satisfying movie. In retrospect, I kind of wished the front end could have been a bit racier, or less 'portraiting' of the depressing family, or something. On balance, I liked it.


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Country:

France | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 November 2006 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Sixty Six See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,359, 3 August 2008

Gross USA:

$224,614

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,930,133
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Dolby Digital

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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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