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Looking for Eric (2009)

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Eric, a football fanatic postman whose life is descending into crisis, receives some life coaching from the famously philosophical Eric Cantona.

Director:

Ken Loach

Writer:

Paul Laverty (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Steve Evets ... Eric Bishop
Eric Cantona ... Lui-même (Eric Cantona)
Stephanie Bishop Stephanie Bishop ... Lily
Gerard Kearns ... Ryan
Stefan Gumbs ... Jess (as Stephan Gumbs)
Lucy-Jo Hudson ... Sam
Cole Williams Cole Williams ... Daisy
Dylan Williams Dylan Williams ... Daisy
Matthew McNulty ... Young Eric
Laura Ainsworth Laura Ainsworth ... Young Lily
Max Beesley Snr Max Beesley Snr ... Eric's Father (as Maxton Beesley)
Kelly Bowland Kelly Bowland ... Ryan's Girlfriend
Julie Brown Julie Brown ... Nurse
John Henshaw John Henshaw ... Meatballs
Justin Moorhouse ... Spleen
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Storyline

Eric Bishop, a middle-aged postman working for the Manchester sorting office, is going through a dreadful crisis. For starters, his second life companion has not resurfaced although she was released from prison a few months ago. He is left alone with two stepsons to look after, which is no bed of roses since the two teens disrespect him and keep disobeying him. To make matters worse, Ryan, the older boy, fascinated by Zac, a dangerous gangster, has accepted to hide his gun in Eric's house. On the other hand, he is asked by Sam, his student daughter who has a newborn baby, to get back in touch with Lily, his separated wife. Now, Eric left her not long after she gave back to their daughter. As a result Eric panics... Having lost all his bearings, Eric Bishop soliloquizes face to the poster of his idol, another Eric, French footballer Eric Cantona, when the latter appears just like the genie out of Aladdin's lamp. Through a series of aphorisms peculiar to him, the footballer-philosopher ... Written by Guy Bellinger

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Taglines:

To win back the love of his life, Eric's going to need a little training.

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Comedy | Drama | Fantasy | Sport

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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UK | France | Italy | Belgium | Spain

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

27 May 2009 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

À Procura de Eric See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£366,242 (United Kingdom), 12 June 2009, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,743, 16 May 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$55,804, 27 June 2010
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

John Henshaw, who plays a postal worker, is also one of the faces of the national Post Office in the UK. See more »

Goofs

On the bus going to the raid, the clock reports 12:12. Then, the camera goes on the passengers. When back on the bus clock, it reports 12:38. See more »

Quotes

Spleen: You're worse than the fucking Yanks in Baghdad, you! What the fuck is going on here?
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Crazy Credits

Credits include footage of the press conference where Eric Cantona gives his famous "seagulls" quote. See more »

Connections

Featured in At the Movies: Cannes Film Festival 2009 (2009) See more »

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The legend of Cantona now lives on through the movies.Wonderful.
18 January 2010 | by axlrhodesSee all my reviews

Being an armchair Manchester United fan now for almost 20 years i had a lot of interest in seeing Ken Loachs' film when i first got wind of it.The presence of Eric Cantona still looms large over Old Trafford and indeed fans still sing his name to this day.In a way,watching Looking For Eric made me fall in love with Cantona and Manchester United all over again. This film does what all good fantasy films should do , it makes you feel good. We start the film with our central character in the depths of unhapiness and witness a transformation,thanks to life coaching by Eric Cantona (watch out Paul McKenna) . Cantona is a man with undeniable presence.Those who might sneer and scoff at his attempts to break in to the film world will be made to eat their words as Cantona brings every ounce of mysticism and humanity to his performance. It's true that it pays to know about Cantona and the impression he made upon the English game of football. In all the years since he has left the game, no one has quite replicated what he achieved. He will be remembered by Manchester United fans alongside greats like Best and Charlton and now also by movie fans for a touching and memorable performance in a film that deserves high praise.


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