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The Penalty King (2006)

Lee, a soccer player who descends into depression when he goes blind, is encouraged to take up the game again by a maverick American and the inspiration of Leeds Utd legend, Billy Bremner.

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Chris Cook

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Chris Cook
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nick Bartlett ... Lee Vaughan
Clare Grogan ... Sandra Reeves
Peter Lorimer Peter Lorimer ... Leeds United Fan
Patrick Micallef Patrick Micallef ... Charlie Howard
Jane Peachey Jane Peachey ... Gina Blackwell
Dave Mounfield Dave Mounfield ... Derek the Manager
Duncan Henderson Duncan Henderson ... Jim the Psycho Postman
Daniel Rabin Daniel Rabin ... Jason Thompsett
Samantha Beckinsale Samantha Beckinsale ... Maddie Vaughan
Frank Jarvis Frank Jarvis ... Mr. McClintock
Des McAleer Des McAleer ... Denis Cleghorn
Roz McCutcheon ... Shelley De Moussin
Tara Keatley Tara Keatley ... Daniella Funnell
Georgina Tasker Georgina Tasker ... Sasha
David Earl David Earl ... Tony Queen
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Lee, a soccer player who descends into depression when he goes blind, is encouraged to take up the game again by a maverick American and the inspiration of Leeds Utd legend, Billy Bremner.

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Life's a bitch and then it goes to penalties See more »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 November 2006 (UK) See more »

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$400,000 (estimated)
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Quotes

Lee Vaughan: [Blind Lee starts his day] I could do with a damn good kickabout
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Connections

Remake of Bury It (2002) See more »

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To the dark side and beyond...
15 January 2007 | by tomstubSee all my reviews

OK, so a blind guy who wants to play football.... not the most obvious set up in the world... and funnily enough this isn't the most predictable of films. However, The Penalty King strangely enough takes this scenario and gives you something genuinely relatable. A ramshackle social services department is the site of the 'action' which, with the help of a spot on script- will have you squirming on your sofa,wringing your hands and wincing in perverse delight as you witness the all too familiar scene of arbitrary office politics laid out in front of you. Chris Cook finds comedy, not only in the places where other people wouldn't look, but in the places where other people wouldn't want to look. A refreshing film that takes an honest view at the other side of life and comes up with some surprises... some very surprising surprises at times... Get the DVD. watch it. then revel in the delight of your own -relatively- comfortable existence...


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