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Sixty Six (2006)

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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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Paul Weiland

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

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Cast

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.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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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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Country:

France | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 November 2006 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

66 See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The Rabbi refers to 'The Old Testament', a Christian term, the Jewish equivalent is the 'Tanakh'. See more »

Connections

References Gone with the Wind (1939) See more »

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Downtown
Written by Tony Hatch (uncredited)
Performed by The Tony Hatch Sound
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An enjoyable coming of age tale backed by a trifecta of great acting
27 August 2008 | by The_Amazing_Spy_RisesSee all my reviews

The coming of age tale is always one of the most enjoyable and heartfelt types of film, with Sixty Six proving that it is worth the viewer's time because of the wonderful character driven film that it is. It should be noted that because of the film's plot, you should immediately know that it won't be story driven outside of the characters' individual stories. To make it simple, if you know how the 1966 World Cup turned out, you know how this film is going to end. So, it is for that reason that I say, if you don't know how that World Cup ended, don't look it up. The film will tell you, and to be honest, it was one of the things that made it such a great movie for me. Knowing the outcome of the matches, however, doesn't take away from the experience.

In a character driven film, the performances are obviously the most important, and here we have a trifecta of awesomeness. First and foremost, in one of my favorite performances of the decade, Eddie Marsan really shows some muscle and range as Bernie's father, in one of the most silently moving performances of recent memory. The character by himself is a hell of a subject to study, a neurotic and paranoid man who has lost faith in his own life because of the lack of success in his family business, and feeling distant from his wife. Marsan pulls this off wonderfully. You can't help but feel bad for him, despite numerous bad choices in the film.

Helena Bonham Carter is, as usual, excellent as Bernie's mother. I really appreciated her towards the end of the film, when all of our characters have an epiphany. Youngster Gregg Sulkin is wonderful in his first role, and he should have plenty of work in the future. What you get from this film is a tad bit of predictability, yet where that hurts the film, the characters make up for it. Even supporting characters, such as one played by Stephen Rea, are as intriguing as the big three.

If you enjoy teary moments, boys becoming men in their life, and a bit of British humor, Sixty Six is bound to be enjoyable for you. I was very glad I caught it in the brief run it had in my theater, because it's definitely one of the better movies that has come out recently, in addition to providing a nice break from all the summer explosions. As for Brits looking for this film to see, odds are that it's already on DVD in your neck of the woods, as it was released in the UK about two years ago.


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