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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 ... Himself
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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Taglines:

He Knows F.A. About Football. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Sport

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

During the film it shows that English F.A. is based at Lancaster Gate. However, they had moved away to Soho Square several months before the films release, and Wembley Stadium had been closed for almost 7 months upon the release of the film. See more »

Goofs

When Mike Bassett and Norwich City are celebrating their victory in the Mr Clutch Cup on the open top bus, the filming was done in St Albans, not Norwich. See more »

Quotes

Interviewer: Half time, and England trail Mexico by 2-0.
Mike: Have you heard what the crowd are fucking shouting? "Fuck Bassett!" "Bassett's a cunt!" "Bassett's a bastard!" "Bassett's a wanker!" They shouldn't be fucking shouting at me, they should be shouting at you, and do you know why? Because it's fucking half-time, and we're fucking 2-0 down to the fucking Mexicans! What the fuck's wrong with you? Get your fucking fingers out! Where's your bottle fucking gone?
[hurls piece of equipment at the goalkeeper]
Mike: And...
[...]
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Connections

Spoofs The Matrix (1999) 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 must see for any football fan
29 July 2003 | by c_hookhamSee all my reviews

took the girlfriend to see this one and apart from the few sight gags she didnt really get any of the jokes. However if you are a fan of the beautiful game this will tickle you immensely. There are loads of football in-jokes such as the 'gazza', Stuart Pearce/Vinnie Jones and Ian Wright characters. Very much in the Peter Kay style of understated spoofs

3/10 if you're not into football 9/10 if you are


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