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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.

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Eric Bishop
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Lui-même (Eric Cantona)
Stephanie Bishop ...
Lily
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Ryan
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Jess (as Stephan Gumbs)
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Sam
Cole Williams ...
Daisy
Dylan Williams ...
Daisy
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Young Eric
Laura Ainsworth ...
Young Lily
Max Beesley Snr ...
Eric's Father (as Maxton Beesley)
Kelly Bowland ...
Ryan's Girlfriend
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Nurse
John Henshaw ...
Meatballs
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Spleen
Des Sharples ...
Jack
Greg Cook ...
Monk
Mick Ferry ...
Judge
Smug Roberts ...
Smug
Johnny Travis ...
Travis
Steve Marsh ...
Zac
Cleveland Campbell ...
Buzz
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Fenner
Omar Abdul ...
The Emperors of Rhythm
Adam Beresford ...
The Emperors of Rhythm
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The Emperors of Rhythm
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The Emperors of Rhythm
Sheila Diamond ...
The Emperors of Rhythm
Marvin Gilbert ...
The Emperors of Rhythm
Ben Jackson ...
The Emperors of Rhythm
Wendy Kennedy ...
The Emperors of Rhythm
Trevor Dwyer-Lynch ...
The Emperors of Rhythm (as Trevor Dwyer Lynch)
Jake Manning ...
The Emperors of Rhythm
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The Emperors of Rhythm
Eddie Riley ...
The Emperors of Rhythm
Conor Saunders ...
The Emperors of Rhythm
Venn Tracey ...
The Emperors of Rhythm
Guy Wills ...
The Emperors of Rhythm
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Self -- Manchester United Player (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Self - Manchester United Player (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Self -- Liverpool Goalkeeper (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Self - Manchester United Player (uncredited) (archiveFootage)

Directed by

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Ken Loach

Written by

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Paul Laverty ... (screenplay)

Produced by

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Mariela Besuievsky ... co-producer
Eric Cantona ... executive producer
Pascal Caucheteux ... executive producer
Tim Cole ... line producer
Gerardo Herrero ... co-producer
Vincent Maraval ... executive producer
Rebecca O'Brien ... producer

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George Fenton

Cinematography by

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Barry Ackroyd

Film Editing by

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Jonathan Morris

Editorial Department

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Paul Clegg ... second assistant editor
Anthony Morris ... first assistant editor
Alistair Murray ... daily rushes
Gary Preston ... daily rushes
Mark Wright ... negative cutter (uncredited)

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Kahleen Crawford

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Fergus Clegg

Art Direction by

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Julie Ann Horan

Costume Design by

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Sarah Ryan

Makeup Department

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Faye Aydin ... makeup dailies
Clair Blackmore ... makeup dailies (as Clair Blackmoore)
Rowena Dean ... makeup dailies
Adele Firth ... makeup dailies (as Adelle Firth)
Kim Freeland ... makeup: dailies
Debbie Goodship ... makeup dailies
Abby Graves ... makeup dailies
Debs Hudson ... makeup dailies
Carli Mather ... hair designer (as Carli Mathers) / makeup designer (as Carli Mathers)
Mairi Morrison ... makeup dailies
Sharon O'Brien ... makeup dailies
Matt Price ... makeup dailies

Production Management

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Eimhear McMahon ... post-production supervisor
Faye Newton ... unit manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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David Gilchrist ... assistant director
Julie Heskin ... third assistant director
Michael Queen ... assistant director

Art Department

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Mark Brady ... carpenter
Paul Curren ... painter
James Enright ... prop making supervisor: c/o propshop
Martin Feely ... painter
Bobby Gee ... painter
Anita Gupta ... prop buyer
Nicholas Henderson ... assistant art director (as Nic Henderson)
Tony Morris ... carpenter
Colin Mutch ... property master
Simon Price ... props
Jason Ragg ... painter
Mark Reynolds ... props
David Richmond ... carpenter
Anthony Rutter ... props
Danny Sumsion ... construction manager
Carl Wilson ... senior propmaker

Sound Department

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Ray Beckett ... sound recordist
Ben Brazier ... sound editor
Kevin Brazier ... sound editor
Robert Brazier ... sound editor
Steve Carr ... sound transfers
Ben Collinson ... sound assist
James Doyle ... re-recording mixer
Sue Harding ... foley artist
Peter Murphy ... boom operator (as Pete Murphy)
Richard Stockdale ... dolby sound consultant
Ian Tapp ... re-recording mixer
Rowena Wilkinson ... foley artist

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Stephanie Carey ... stunt performer
Stuart Clark ... stunt coordinator
Paul Heasman ... stunt coordinator
Eunice Huthart ... stunt performer
Derek Lea ... stunt performer
Seon Rogers ... stunt performer (as Séon Rogers)
Lee Sheward ... stunt performer
Rocky Taylor ... stunt performer

Camera and Electrical Department

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Ben Appleton ... daily camera technician
David Ashby ... daily camera technician
Joss Barratt ... stills photographer
Antoine Doyen ... best boy
Olly Driscoll ... focus puller: second unit
Amaury Duquenne ... clapper loader
Carl Hudson ... focus puller
Craig Mellor ... daily camera technician
Matthew Moffat ... gaffer (as Matthew Moffatt)
Joachim Philippe ... clapper loader
Marc Tempest ... daily camera technician
William Tracey ... daily lighting technican (as Billy Tracey)
Laurent Van Eijs ... electrician
Chris Wanklin ... camera trainee (as Chris Wanklyn)
Lee Howarth ... stand-by rigger (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Nicky Barron ... key costumer
Lindsay Davidson ... wardrobe assistant (as Lindsey Davidson)
Rachel Selby ... costume supervisor
Emma Vickers ... costume dailies

Location Management

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Jenny Anyon ... assistant location manager
David Colenutt ... location scout
Catherine Cooper ... location scout
Andrew Ferrans ... locations scout (as Andy Ferrans)
Andy Ferrans ... location scout
Faye Newton ... unit manager
Emma Woodcock ... locations

Music Department

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Mat Bartram ... pro tools operator
Rachel Bolt ... viola
Eric Cantona ... musician: trumpret
Simon Chamberlain ... music associate / musician: piano
Peter Lale ... musician: leader/first viola
Chris Lawrence ... musician: solo bass (as Chris Laurence)
Mike Lovett ... musician: trumpet (as Mike Lovatt)
Steve Mair ... musician: double bass
John Parricelli ... musician: guitar
Steve Pearce ... musician: bass guitar
Steve Price ... music recordist: Angel Recording Studio
Frank Ricotti ... musician: percussion
Ralph Salmins ... musician: drums
Bruce White ... musician: viola
Neal Wilkinson ... musician: drums

Script and Continuity Department

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Susanna Lenton ... script supervisor
Roger Smith ... script consultant

Transportation Department

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Neil Adams ... action vehicle coordinator / transportation coordinator
Jonny Mellor ... driver (as Johnny Mellor)
Ian Percival ... driver
Chris Roden ... driver
Jim Taylor ... driver
David Walker ... driver

Additional Crew

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Tania Antonioli ... representative: Les Films du Fleure
Georges Bereta ... representative: Why Not Productions
Emmanuelle Bergeret ... lawyer
Marie Besan¸on ... representative: Wild Bunch
Lucie Borleteau ... representative: Why Not Productions
Muriel Bostyn ... financing: Inver Invest
Olivier Bronckart ... representative: Les Films du Fleure
Ella Brookes ... production assistant
Adam Brown ... advisor
Martin Bullard ... titles: JCA
Martin Butterworth ... title designer: Creative Partnership
Jean Marie Cantona ... representative: Canto Bros
Joël Cantona ... representative: Canto Bros (as Joel Cantona)
Peter Carlton ... representative: Film4
Chris Cavanagh ... assistant: producer
Kate Cooper ... production assistant
Bruce Devenport ... advisor
David Frenkel ... representative: Why Not Productions
Jude Goodier ... choreographer
Paul Grindey ... representative: Film4
Stephen Grosz ... lawyer: Bindman & Partners
Sonia Hooper ... dog handler
Sean Jackson ... production assistant
John Lafferty ... lawyer
Frédérique Larmagnac ... representative: RTBF Belgian Television
David Loveridge ... tv operator (as Dave Loveridge)
Charles McDonald ... publicist
Eimhear McMahon ... production coordinator
Isabelle Molhant ... financing: Casa Kafka Pictures
Faye Newton ... unit manager
Dave Nicholas ... paramedic: Italy
Catherine Poels ... representative: RTBF Belgian Television
Habib Rahman ... assistant accountant
Alastair Ramsden ... runner (as Alistair Ramsden)
Billy Robinson ... security: Capricorn Security
Michael Ross ... caterer: Red Chutney
Tessa Ross ... representative: Film4
Tina Shadick ... production accountant
Mark Shelley ... armorer
Phillip Stone ... armorer (as Phil Stone)
Delphine Tomson ... representative: Les Films du Fleure
Christian Valsamidis ... lawyer
Taylor Wessing ... lawyer
Arlette Zylberberg ... representative: RTBF Belgian Television
Huma Khan ... legal post production (uncredited)

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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 will help remorse-ridden desperate Eric Bishop to get by. 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. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Il mio amico Eric (Italy)
  • Buscando a Eric (Spain)
  • Buscant l'Eric (Spain, Catalan title)
  • Ystäväni Eric (Finland)
  • У пошуках Еріка (Ukraine)
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Runtime
  • 116 min
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Box Office

Budget GBP4,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United Kingdom GBP366,242, 12 Jun 2009

Did You Know?

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Trivia When Spleen asked who's scored after he left the bar, the television on the bar showed Paul Scholes who scored the only goal in that game. It was a real game between Manchester United and Barcelona, the second leg of the champion's league semi final in 2008. Scholes's goal was the only one of either leg and sent United through to the final, where they defeated Chelsea 6-5 on penalties to win the competition. 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 »
Movie Connections Featured in Cannes Film Festival 2009 (2009). See more »
Crazy Credits Credits include footage of the press conference where Eric Cantona gives his famous "seagulls" quote. See more »
Quotes Eric: I am not a man... I am Cantona.
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