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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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The ever changing face of football has a got new mug... See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Sport

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In the film England beat Argentina 1-0 in the group stage of the World Cup finals. The England team did this for real a year later in the 2002 World Cup. See more »

Goofs

During the second secret interview with the dissident players, one of them claims that some players are "checking to see if they have Irish grandparents, to jump ship". However, FIFA rules do not allow a player to change national team once he has played an international game. See more »

Quotes

Interviewer: ...And what would your father say if he could see you now?
Mike: Oh, he'd probably quote Kipling or something, 'Walk with kings and all that' You see, he was like a father figure to me
Interviewer: Well, obviously...
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Connections

Followed by Mike Bassett: Interim Manager (2016) 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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Great
8 August 2003 | by siideri_lasuSee all my reviews

A great piece of work, the men responsible for the movie chose the right attitude by using the angle of comedy, cause that's the only way to make a sports movie, a sports event can never be moved to the screen succesfully (except maybe Chariots of Fire) in a realistic way since the whole idea of it is that you don't have clue who's going to win until it's all over.

Although I'm not from the UK I did get most of the jokes since I follow footie a lot and am a big fan of the game.

a big thumbs up for the crew and actors, "Mike Bassett" is simply brilliant.


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